The COVID-19 situation in British Columbia is continually evolving, and the information below is current as of 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. In the past 24 hours, there have been 25 new test-positive cases in BC.
- Total confirmed cases in B.C., April 21: 1,724
- Vancouver Coastal Health: 707
- Fraser Health: 715
- Island Health: 109 (updated from 102)
- Interior Health: 153
- Northern Health: 40
- New cases: 25
- Hospitalized cases: 109 (104 yesterday)
- Intensive care: 51 (49 yesterday)
- COVID-19 related deaths: 1 for a new total of 87
- Recovered: 1,041 (Previously 987)
- 64,375 individuals have been tested as of April 21, 2020.
- If symptoms appear, check your symptoms online: https://covid19.thrive.health
- If needed, call your health-care provider or 811 for further guidance.
There is an outbreak of COVID-19 employees in a chicken processing plant on the mainland (United Poultry, Vancouver Coastal region, High River area, a federally inspected branch). According to Dr. Henry, there is no evidence of any animal to human transmissions. As always, cook chicken thoroughly. Stay the course. The virus continues to circulate in the province. When it comes to reopening the economy, start to plan how you can contribute while maintaining current protocols around physical distancing, staying home if you are ill, and continued hand-washing. BC has to be sure the storm has passed before restrictions will be lifted. Stay vigilant, stay connected, and stay committed. The new normal is ahead of us, but for now we have to continue with current measures.
Health Minister Adrian Dix noted that regular emergency room at this time is normally around 6,550 visits per day. On April 6, there were 2,995 visits; on April 20, there were 4,050. This is to say, if you require emergency or medical care, please use these services! They are open and ready to receive, and in some cases, a visit can be a matter of life and death.
From the Q&A
When BC reopens to its “new normal,” physical distancing will need to continue, wearing non-medical masks might be recommended in some situations (eg, physiotherapy, dental work, etc.). Dr. Henry is looking to industry to take the lead and make recommendations. It may mean things like not having as many people in the waiting room, or not accommodating the same number of clients as before.
When a vaccine is found, a recent poll shows that 73% of the population is willing to get vaccinated (according to the reporter asking the question). In order to achieve a “herd immunization,” not everyone needs to be immunized. People who are the most vulnerable would probably be first in line, like the elderly, those with immune-compromised health conditions, and healthcare workers.
Regular surgeries that have been cancelled for this COVID-19 crisis are beginning to be addressed, in a planned and phased manner. Discussions with patients are currently beginning. This can only continue as a reality if people continue being “all in” with their efforts to stop the spread of the virus.
Dr. Henry does have her eye on resuming some sports activities, recognizing the value of exercise and team sports. We need to find ways to do things in the interim phase.
Contract tracing has been part of the regular protocol to date, looking back over the past 48 hours and tracking everyone who has been in contact with people identified as having the virus. There is some consideration of a voluntary app to trace people’s interactions, though this will need to be balanced with privacy concerns.
Dr. Henry is a big advocate of being able to get out into nature. If there is overcrowding happening, we have to look at ways of managing the flow (one-way walking routes, closing roads to enable more pedestrian traffic, etc.).
From their joint statement:
“An outbreak has been identified at the United Poultry Company in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. To date, 28 employees have been confirmed positive through active contact tracing by public health. Close contacts have been notified and ordered to self-isolate. The plant has been closed to slow further transmission, and public health teams are providing support.
“The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for ensuring the safety of food products. According to CFIA, there is no evidence to suggest that food is a likely source or route of transmission for the virus. Therefore, no recall of chicken products distributed from this plant is required. Good hygiene practices should still be followed during food handling and preparation, such as:
- washing hands with soap and water;
- regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces;
- cooking meat thoroughly; and
- avoiding potential cross-contamination between cooked and uncooked foods.
Yesterday’s dashboard (click to visit the live dashboard)
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Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provide an update to the media on COVID-19 in BC.
— BC Government News (@BCGovNews) April 21, 2020
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