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COVID-19 outbreaks at two B.C. health-care facilities, 100 new cases

Last Updated Sep 9, 2020 at 4:47 pm PDT

Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Courtesy B.C. Government, Flickr)

Milieu Children and Family Services Society along with Royal Arch Masonic Home are dealing with outbreaks

100 more people infected with COVID-19 but there are no new deaths

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — B.C. is announcing 100 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday and two more health-care facility outbreaks.

There have now been 6,691 confirmed cases in the province but no new deaths were reported, which keeps the total in B.C. at 213.

Another 108 people have recovered from the virus, but there are five more people who are in ICU, with three more hospitalized than the day before. 

There is another outbreak in the Fraser Health region at the Milieu Children and Family Services Society community living facility.

In total, there are currently 12 long-term care and assisted-living facilities with active outbreaks along with three acute-care facilities.

An outbreak has also been declared at the Royal Arch Masonic Home long-term care facility in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.

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In a joint statement from Minister of Health Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, they reported no new community outbreaks but said there continue to be community exposure events.

“This fall and winter, we will be facing two health challenges – the usual respiratory season as well as COVID-19. What this means is that we have to put measures in place now to ensure our health-care centres, communities and all of us are ready for what may be ahead,” they said.

“Our community well-being is about ensuring we maintain our health and our economy. We need both to keep our communities and all of us resilient and strong.”

Meanwhile, Vancouver Coastal Health posted COVID-19 exposure alerts for four locations, including:

  • Athens Cultural Club at 114 W. Broadway from Aug. 26 to Sep. 8 during operating hours;
  • The West Pub at 448 Carrall St. from Aug. 20 to Sept. 8 during operating hours;
  • Flying Beaver Bar and Grill in Richmond from Aug. 28 to Sept. 3 during operating hours;
  • Your Plus One electronic music event in the Granville/Helmcken area on the night of Aug. 29 and the early morning hours of Aug. 30;

Anyone who visited those of the places on those dates is urged to monitor for symptoms.

Earlier in the day, Premier John Horgan announced a fall pandemic plan for the province.

“The plan is focusing on protecting our most vulnerable citizens and ensuring our health-care system has the necessary resources in place,” Dix and Henry said.

“The steps each of us takes today and in the coming weeks, including taking a few minutes to get your influenza immunization, will make a difference tomorrow.”