COVID-19 STAFF BULLETIN - September 10, 2020
“We know people have stepped up to stop the spread, and right now we need good people to step forward to help deliver these life-saving initiatives.”
- Premier John Horgan
Please note: Numbers are updated at approximately 5 p.m. each day.
|New Cases||Today's Total Cases||Cumulative Total|
|BC||Total||132||1,461||6,962 (5,273 recovered)|
(within the last 24 hours)
|HFH||Residents||0||53 (32 recovered)|
|Staff||1||36 (35 recovered)|
- Today, Sept. 10, there are 139 new cases, for a total of 6,830 cases in British Columbia. This is a new single-day record.
- There are 1,412 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 3,109 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 5,190 people who tested positive have recovered.
- Currently, 42 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 14 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
- There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 213 deaths in British Columbia.
- By health authority: Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 2,343 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 3,551 in the Fraser Health region, 187 in the Island Health region, 462 in the Interior Health region, 203 in the Northern Health region and 84 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
- There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks. In total, 13 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and three acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.
- Children in B.C. headed back for their first day of school under new COVID-19 protocols. Public health teams are in place to support schools and the school community. If an outbreak were to occur, the school community will know and be alerted, and if the risk goes beyond the school, the public will also be notified.
- Thursday morning, Finance Minister Carole James projected a $12.8-billion deficit for the 2020-21 fiscal year because of lower revenue and increased spending amid the pandemic.
- On Wednesday, September 9, Premier John Horgan, Health Minister Adrian Dix, and Dr. Bonnie Henry announced a $1.6 billion investment into BC’s fall and winter health care preparedness plan. All the new steps in the plan have a common goal of keeping people healthy and well through this pandemic.
- The plan includes $44.1 million to the Health Career Access Program. This program will create 7000 net new jobs in long term care homes and assisted living facilities. The program will provide a path for approximately 3,000 applicants who may not previously have had health-care experience to receive on-the-job training. New hires in the program will start in a health-care support worker position and receive paid training that leads to full qualification as a health-care assistant. These positions are targeted to those who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19, particularly those in the service and hospitality industries.
The Province will also be investing $374 million to bolster public health campaigns, most prominently this fall is the campaign for influenza vaccination. As part of this, 45,000 Fluzone-High Dose immunizations will be made available to all long-term care and assisted living residents. Fluzone-High Dose is a higher dose vaccine designed specifically to protect people over 65 from influenza. An additional 450,000 influenza vaccine doses will be made available in the 2020-21 influenza season, for a total of approximately two million doses.
The government is also investing $42.3 million in efforts to reduce strain on hospitals in anticipation of growing COVID-19 needs. The Hospital At Home program aims to ease pressure on hospitals while also reducing the chance of transmission within hospital environments. Hospital at Home, an innovative program that has succeeded in Canada and around the world, allows patients who meet the criteria to be offered 24/7 care at home rather than being admitted to hospital. Through in-person and virtual visits, patients will receive safe, effective care from nurses and physicians experienced in hospital medicine and acute care.
Hospital at Home will launch through the Victoria General Hospital, then through additional hospitals over the coming months.
An additional 100 contact tracers will be hired for a total of 600 contact tracers.
In the fall, capacity for testing will increase to 20,000 tests per day.
In preparation for increased hospital demand, the government has prepared for 4 different scenarios:
Scenario 1: A low number of cases, requiring few beds (ICU 25/Acute 57 occupancy)
Scenario 2: A moderate number of cases, requiring ICU 55/Acute 98 occupancy.
Scenario 3: A high number of cases, requiring ICU 108/Acute 201 occupancy.
Scenario 4: A high ++ number of cases, an extreme scenario with twice as many cases as during the March-May epidemic experience as is being used a “stress test” scenario for contingency planning purposes only) - ICU 214/Acute 400 occupancy.
Community alerts and exposure events are now posted on the BCCDC website.
For today’s full statement, please click here.
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