VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — An outbreak of COVID-19 at a health care facility in Maple Ridge was announced by the province Tuesday, along with 146 new cases and no deaths over a four-day period.
Provincial health officials said one staff member at the Maple Ridge Seniors Village tested positive for the virus while the outbreak at Mission Memorial Hospital has been declared over. There are now three active outbreaks at health care facilities.
Dr Bonnie Henry:
No new deaths
fri/sa 43, sa/su 29, su/mon 46, mo/tu 28
146 new cases (4 epi link) 3787- total
VCH 1199 (1088)
Island 146 (144)
North 91 (88)
Non-residents 65 (63)
Active 319 (278)
Hosp/icu 8/4 (5/2) #bcpoli #covid19 @news1130
— LizaYuzda (@LizaYuzda) August 4, 2020
The number of people who died because of COVID-19 remains at 195.
There are now 3,787 confirmed cases in B.C., and 3,273 people have recovered so far.
B.C.’s state of emergency was extended another two weeks.
More cases ‘not unexpected’
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the new cases over the long weekend aren’t a surprise.
“This was not unexpected. We knew that events that had happened in the previous couple of weeks would lead to more people who had been exposed developing illness. We are now seeing people who were exposed up to two weeks ago.”
But she notes many of the cases happened before the long weekend, which is concerning. And while Henry said the sources of the infections varied, she stressed the importance of public health officials tracking down the source of every infection — and they have been able to for the majority of cases.
“Many continue to be related to private gatherings or small parties that happened over the last month. Many are with travel within B.C., and Canada, and some are people who have travelled here from outside of Canada. We also have had a number of exposures and workplaces where people have passed it amongst work colleagues.”
She explained common factors in these instances are how people interact in close contact with each other.
“That includes talking, laughing, joking around sharing drinks, sharing food, crowds, so larger combinations of people where we were having those close interactions with many people over a period of time. Often indoors and the indoor settings we know are areas that are more at risk for us to be transmitting this virus to others.”
Dr Henry: having close contact, talking/laughing indoors is a main source of transmission.
Vast majority of cases are able to find transmission sources – many are overlapping parties/events.
Following long weekend next two weeks a concern again.#bcpoli #covid19 @news1130
— LizaYuzda (@LizaYuzda) August 4, 2020
Health Minister Adrian Dix said the amount of daily cases is roughly 30 and is “more than we’re comfortable with.” He urged people to avoid parties where they didn’t know everyone attending.
“This is the time to keep numbers, small, and that is the way we do it because we know there’s no vaccine and we know there’s no cure,” Dix said.
Henry said it is important to ensure recent cases don’t result in a “dramatic uptick once again.” The two weeks following the B.C. Day long weekend are important, she said, since many people could be unknowingly spreading the virus. British Columbians are asked to keep track of where they’ve been recently, stay up to date with exposure announcements, and be aware of how they’re feeling.
Meanwhile, Fraser Health Authority warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at a Surrey hookah lounge at 10609 King George Highway.
We’ve identified a possible public COVID-19 exposure at a hookah lounge at 10609 King George Hwy, Surrey. If you were at this location on the dates/times listed on our public exposures page Public Health recommends self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19. https://t.co/EZ9dFW4Oq1 pic.twitter.com/4HJanKxH5P
— Fraser Health (@Fraserhealth) August 4, 2020
Anyone who was there from 11:59 p.m July 31 to 4 a.m. on Aug. 1 or 11:59 p.m Aug. 1 to 5 a.m. Aug. 2 is asked to monitor for symptoms.