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Two-thirds of people isolating due to COVID-19 in B.C. from Fraser Health region

FILE - Health Minister Adrian Dix. (Courtesy B.C. Government, Flickr)
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The Fraser Health Authority remains the most challenging when it comes to stopping the spread of the coronavirus

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said Friday more than a 1,000 people are currently quarantining in Fraser Health

Daily checks are being done with everyone in self-isolation to see if their health is improving: Dix

NEW WESTMINSTER (NEWS 1130) — Two-thirds of the 1,500 people now self-isolating in B.C. due to COVID-19 are from one region.

The Fraser Health Authority remains the most challenging when it comes to stopping the spread of the coronavirus, with 2,045 cases since the start of the pandemic — almost a 1,000 more than the region with the second-highest total, Vancouver Coastal.

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said Friday more than a 1,000 people are currently quarantining in Fraser Health.

He added daily checks are being done with everyone in self-isolation — not to catch them if they’re breaking the rules, but to ensure their health is improving — and compliance is strong across the province.

“Overwhelmingly they’ve done what we’ve asked them to do, and as you can see from the number of recovered people, have done well and got through it, albeit with lasting consequences that, because this has just happened in the world, we don’t fully understand.”

To date, 3,315 people in B.C. have recovered from COVID-19 — a rate of 85 per cent.

Still, Dix can’t imagine being more concerned about increasing case totals than he is now, especially when most new cases are people between 20 and 40 years old.

“I was concerned at 10 cases. I’m concerned at 12 cases. I’m just concerned. COVID-19 doesn’t care. If you’re inviting 30 of your closest friends to a party, no one wants to hurt the one they love. No one wants their wedding or their anniversary or their celebration to lead to all of the people that they know and love getting sick. It’s a really lousy thing to get, even if you recover and recover quickly.”

That’s why he’s again pleading with everyone to be responsible as long as this pandemic lasts.

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“We just can’t do private parties with dozens of people at them in close surroundings,” he said. “Have fun, but have fun in the context of COVID-19.”

The province has recorded 47 new cases each of the past two days and more than 40 six times in the past nine days.

Thirty of the new cases reported Thursday were from Fraser Health.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry confirmed then that more than 40 people are in isolation following a recent party in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, with some of them in the Fraser Health region.

“The numbers of contacts related to that are in the 400 range,” she added.

Meanwhile, Dix said fewer people older than 60 are getting sick, but that could change if the virus makes its way back into more care homes.

Fraser Health confirmed Friday a staff member in the independent living portion of Derby Manor in Burnaby has tested positive for COVID-19.

“The facility provides independent living in a separate building on a campus of care that also includes a long-term care facility,” says a release.

Outbreaks remain active at four long-term care homes: Holy Family Hospital and Richmond Lions Manor in Vancouver Coastal; Dania Home and Maple Ridge Seniors Village in Fraser.