58 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C., no new cases in Island Health

58 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C., no new cases in Island Health
Province of BC
Health Minister Adrian Dix and Chief Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provide an update on COVID-19 on August 31, 2020.

British Columbia health officials say there are 58 new cases of COVID-19 in the province as of Sept. 1.

None of the new cases are in Island Health. Island Health has had a total of 175 cases since the pandemic began, including 65 cases on south Vancouver Island, 48 cases on central Vancouver Island and 62 cases on north Vancouver Island.

There are currently seven active cases in Island Health and no hospitalizations.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, and Health Minister Adrian Dix released Tuesday’s numbers in a statement, saying B.C. has now had a total of 5,848 cases since the start of the pandemic.

One of the new cases announced in B.C. Tuesday is an epidimologically-linked case, meaning someone who was never tested but was presumed to have COVID-19 because they developed symptoms and were close contacts of a laboratory-confirmed case.

One new death related to COVID-19 was also reported over the last 24 hours. B.C.’s COVID-19 death toll is now 209.

There are 1,124 active cases of COVID-19 in the province (an increase of 17 from Aug. 31), 2,761 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases (an increase of 38 from Aug. 31) and 4,505 people who tested positive have recovered.

Thirty-one people with COVID-19 are in hospital (up three from Aug. 31). Ten of those people are in intensive care (no change from Aug. 31).

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 1,922 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 3,072 in the Fraser Health region, 175 in the Island Health region, 440 in the Interior Health region, 160 in the Northern Health region and 79 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

There are no new health-care facility outbreaks as of Tuesday. In total, eight long-term care or assisted-living facilities and two acute-care facilities have active outbreaks, all in Fraser Health. They are:

  • Bear Creek Villa independent living facility
  • Czorny Alzheimer Centre long-term care facility
  • Derby Manor independent living facility
  • George Derby Centre long-term care facility
  • Maple Ridge Seniors Village assisted living facility
  • MSA Manor long-term care facility (second outbreak)
  • New Vista Care Home long-term care facility
  • Normanna Living long-term care facility

There have been no new community outbreaks. However, the Northern Health region, the First Nations Health Authority and the Nisga’a Valley Health Authority (NVHA) have issued a joint alert for anyone in the Nass Valley who may have attended recent gatherings between Aug. 21 and 25. Any gathering attendees are asked to contact the NVHA clinic and if symptoms develop, to immediately self-isolate.

“As we transition to the next phase of our COVID-19 pandemic in B.C. and prepare for the respiratory season ahead, it is time for all of us to regroup and refocus our efforts to keep the number of new cases low and slow,” Henry and Dix said in Tuesday’s statement.

“We have the knowledge and we have the tools that we can all use to be safe, no matter where we may be. Let’s use our layers of protection and make them a part of our daily routines each and every day this fall.”

B.C. has posted detailed information about the geographic distribution of COVID-19 cases from January to July 2020. This map will be continually updated, according to B.C. health officials.

Geographic distribution of COVID-19 cases in B.C. from January to July 2020. (Province of BC) cases in B.C. from January to July 2020.

Geographic distribution of COVID-19 cases in B.C. from January to July 2020. (Province of BC)

Island Health’s COVID-19 data breaks down North, Central and South Island case counts and lists the number of days since any new lab-diagnosed cases. You can find the data here.

To see B.C.’s COVID-19 numbers by day and health authority, along with testing numbers and recoveries, visit the B.C. COVID-19 dashboard.  The numbers are updated at 4:30 p.m. PT each weekday.

To see a list of public COVID-19 exposures in the province, including links to exposures listed on health authority websites, visit the B.C. Centre for Disease Control website here.

Under Island Health, there are three possible public exposures listed. Anyone who was at the following locations on the following dates and times is asked to self-monitor for symptoms.

    • Mary’s Bleue Moon Cafe at 9535 Canora Road, Sidney, B.C. The dates and times provided by Island Health are Aug. 21 between 4 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. and Aug. 22 between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. OR between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.
    • 10 Acres Cafe & Market at the Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa (NOT The Pier restaurant) at 9805 Seaport Place, Sidney, B.C. The dates and times provided by Island Health are Aug. 20 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Aug. 21 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
    • Il Falcone Restaurant 536 6th Street Courtenay, B.C. The date and times are Aug. 16 between 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 6:24 p.m. EDT on Sept. 1, 2020:

  •  Quebec: 62,614 confirmed (including 5,762 deaths, 55,438 resolved)
  • Ontario: 42,421 confirmed (including 2,812 deaths, 38,369 resolved)
  • Alberta: 14,066 confirmed (including 241 deaths, 12,427 resolved)
  • British Columbia: 5,848 confirmed (including 209 deaths, 4,505 resolved)
  • Saskatchewan: 1,622 confirmed (including 24 deaths, 1,567 resolved)
  • Manitoba: 1,232 confirmed (including 14 deaths, 759 resolved)
  • Nova Scotia: 1,085 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1,014 resolved)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 269 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 265 resolved)
  • New Brunswick: 191 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 186 resolved)
  • Prince Edward Island: 44 confirmed (including 41 resolved)
  • Yukon: 15 confirmed (including 15 resolved)
  • Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved)
  • Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved)
  • Nunavut: No confirmed cases

Total in Canada: 129,425 (0 presumptive, 129,425 confirmed including 9,132 deaths, 114,604 resolved)

According to data released by Johns Hopkins University and Medicine, the number of COVID-19 cases worldwide is more than 25.5 million. More than 852,000 deaths have been recorded.

With files from The Canadian Press

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