In accordance with the new figures in recent weeks the number of new cases confirmed today (16 July) has remained above 20.
Before today, B. S. COVID-19 update, B. C. provincial health Advisor Dr. Bonnie Henry published the results of a study which confirmed that the province was effective in reducing the spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, the B. C. coroners service has released their illicit drug report for June. As in may, the province recorded a record number of deaths of 175 people were killed in June.
Dr. Henry said that about 80 percent of men aged 19 to 49; two-thirds died in their own home, often alone; and, in most cases, their relatives do not know about their drug.
“This is a tragedy for all of us,” said Dr. Henry deaths and the ongoing crisis that other public health emergencies occur in the province, in addition to the pandemic.
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Dr. Henry announced today that there are 21 new COVID-19 cases (18 people who tested positive and three EPI-the episode).
Provincial cumulative total of 3,170 cases were confirmed during a pandemic, including 1,028 cases in Vancouver coastal health; 1,667 in Fraser health; 136 Island city health; 223 in interior health; 65 in the Northern health; and 51 people who live outside of Canada.
There are 192 active cases, including 15 patients in the hospital (three of them in intensive care).
Without any new outbreaks of health care remain the three active outbreaks in two long-term institutions and in acute care. Flash health participating 655 cases, including 400 residents and 255 employees.
There are no new outbreaks of community.
Dr. Henry said that there are now 27 cases related to the incidents of exposure of Kelowna, which took place from 25 June to 6 July. In those cases, 18 cases of domestic health care, while nine of the Vancouver coastal health and the regions of Fraser health.
In addition, there are now four cases is associated with active flash community on crazy cherry farm in Oliver.
Once again, the good news is that there are no new deaths. The total number of deaths remains at 189 deaths.
A total of 2,789 people have already recovered.
This morning, Dr. Henry presented the results of research antibodies, held in the province, which began in January and February.
This research was conducted jointly with S. B. Centre for disease control (bccdc site), BLC, and Lifelabs, and participates serology tests.
Unlike tests used to determine if the person is currently infected COVID-19, serological tests are used for people who have been infected in the past, have since recovered, and had developed the antibodies (produced by the immune system in response to the virus).
Dr. Henry explained that it takes two to six weeks for people to develop antibodies after infection.
“The reality is that they [antibody tests] not reliable, and therefore, you should wait at least a month after the bulk of infections to have a good understanding of what happened in your community,” she said.
She said that the report is the first of its kind issued in Canada, and that such information is difficult to obtain.
The results, she explained, will help them understand the impact of the virus on British Columbia, informing them how many people could be infected in the past, especially in March when hundreds of British Columbia residents returning from abroad, the tests were not available in all areas and criteria COVID-19 test was narrowed to high-risk groups.
She said that they have collected 1000 samples in labs across the plain, which is the most “high-risk area in the province” and in most cases, and conducted testing in two different time periods (March-may), to take “snapshots” of the virus.
Although this study does not account for long-term care facility, she said that the results cover 10 age groups.
Dr. Henry said that the results show that less than one percent of people estimated to have been infected in B. C. (She said that similar studies in other countries showed 11% in Spain and 14% in new York, during certain time periods.)
Accordingly, Dr. Danuta Skowronski on the bccdc website said that less than one in 100 residents in the lower mainland was infected during the first wave, and these results reinforce previous findings of the observation. She said that’s why the community rates of infection elsewhere in the province will be even lower.
Thus, Dr. Henry said that about eight times more people than those who are likely positive result was a virus in the province.
Doctor of medical Sciences the doctor said that the results that it does not expect to be so low, was “pleasant, happy surprise” and that we “did better than we expected.”
“A big “Bravo” to British Columbia,” she said. “They mean success in the containment of SARS-cov-2 [the virus that causes COVID-19] in our communities, whereas in other areas, as you know, was much more substantial transmission of the virus.”
Although it welcomes the efforts that everyone has contributed, she added that in British Columbia we need to continue precautions because the virus is still present.
“The downside of this is that we cannot rest on our laurels,” she said. “We can’t assume that we are all clear, because it also means that there is still significant residual susceptibility of the population.”
While Dr. Henry says that instead to do further random serological testing in the General population, she said that they are looking for how to do a more targeted test to determine who was “most affected by the virus over the last few months,”such as specific occupations, ethnic groups, socioeconomic groups or geographic groups according to the results of the provincial online survey results.
Dr. Henry explained that researchers still do not know, but if a person becomes immune to the coronavirus if they have antibodies and how long, if a person has antibodies, which is still being studied.
As previously reported, today, more than four flights in BC was confirmed how do they relate to COVID-19 cases.
Dr. Henry has expanded on what she said earlier about the lack of useful information provided by the health care team from airlines about passengers.
She said that the Manifesto flight information (documents, passenger lists) have long lacked the information that will help you track and communicate with people who might have contact with the virus.
To help, she explained, if the airline took the names of passengers, phone numbers, and addresses.
“The address is very important because it helps us understand where we need to find these people, ‘ she said, and if we can do that facilitates our ability to find people quickly and to stop the chain of transmission, and this in turn makes air travel safer.”
She said that the airlines could implement a system, such as food products and establishments, beverages doing, by appointment contact information of all guests.
Meanwhile, she was asked about whether or not to wear a mask should be applied on the way.
“I think that all transit should be in the mask—all who can,” she began, before explaining that compliance with the wearing of masks is a problem, as there was “the sad events associated with people, making it a problem.”
She added that it can be difficult to distinguish between who is and is not able to wear the mask for various reasons.
However, to dispel any misunderstanding or misinformation about the masks, she explained that the masks are safe to wear.
“They will not cause you to become hypoxic [a condition caused by deprivation of oxygen]; they do not increase the risk of saving a virus or bacteria or other things; they do not aggravate asthma or other lung diseases,” said she.
She added that the mask can take some time to get used to and comfortable wearing.