B.C. has handed one other sombre milestone within the COVID-19 pandemic, with greater than 10,000 instances now confirmed so far, Provincial Well being Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry introduced Thursday.
In her each day briefing, Henry mentioned 110 extra instances of the illness attributable to the novel coronavirus have been confirmed, and yet another individual has died. Thus far, B.C. has confirmed 10,066 instances of COVID-19, together with 245 individuals who have died.
Henry mentioned that passing the edge of 10,000 instances ought to function a reminder of how many individuals have been affected by the pandemic, and the way essential it’s to take measures to forestall transmission.
“It doesn’t matter what the numbers could also be, thanks for what you’re doing,” Henry mentioned.
As of Thursday, there are 1,394 energetic instances of the illness in B.C. and 3,139 are being actively monitored by public well being officers due to potential publicity to the virus.
A complete of 76 sufferers are in hospital, together with 17 in intensive care — the very best variety of hospitalizations since Might 1.
There are actually 14 energetic outbreaks in long-term care houses and three in acute care items of hospitals. A group outbreak at Teck Coal Mines within the Inside Well being area has been declared over.
Regardless of the excessive variety of new instances being confirmed day-after-day in latest weeks, Henry has mentioned B.C. is beginning to flatten the curve of infection as soon as once more. The speed of progress for the energetic caseload has begun to drop whereas testing ramps up considerably.
Within the final 24 hours, B.C. has carried out 12,052 assessments, Henry mentioned Thursday.
The most recent numbers come as well being officers urge individuals throughout the province to plan COVID-safe Thanksgiving celebrations with a small quantity of people that share a social bubble.
Henry has really useful particular person servings quite than buffet-style meals and outside eating quite than indoor if in any respect attainable.
On Thursday, she reiterated a reminder to remain native and have fun Thanksgiving at house this weekend.
“Let’s make this Thanksgiving weekend about gratitude and kindness,” she mentioned.
Henry additionally issued a reminder to enterprise homeowners to maintain their workplaces protected by making it straightforward for workers to remain house in the event that they’re sick, sustaining bodily distances between employees, doing each day screenings for signs and monitoring who’s on web site day-after-day.
Well being officers are additionally urging everybody who is ready to get their flu vaccine this 12 months to be able to forestall an overload of the health-care system.
Henry acknowledged Thursday that demand has already been very excessive for the flu shot, however the province has ordered additional provides and has a plan to verify as many individuals as attainable are immunized.
However she mentioned that at this early level within the season, individuals vulnerable to critical sickness and people who work in well being care must be the primary precedence for receiving the vaccine.