VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — The province is on the verge of reaching 10,000 COVID-19 cases ahead of Thanksgiving and is again reminding British Columbians to keep gatherings small this coming long weekend and, if possible, celebrate virtually.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, in a statement with Deputy Health Minister Stephen Brown, announced 115 more cases on Wednesday, for a total of 9,956 in B.C. since the start of the pandemic.
By comparison, Quebec reported 900 new cases on Wednesday — the first time the province had fewer than 1,000 six days — and has had more than 80,000 total.
Ontario reported more than 580 new cases on Wednesday and has had more than 55,000 overall.
B.C. has recorded more than 100 cases six straight days.
“As we come up to Thanksgiving this weekend, it’s important to remember while many things have changed and we have faced many challenges, we still have much to be thankful for,” Henry says.
“Let’s show our gratitude by doing a small kindness for a friend, neighbour or family member. Reaching out virtually or by phone, helping with a small task or sending a care package tells people in your life and community that you care. We’re all in this together, and we have come this far by supporting each other while staying apart,” she adds.
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Earlier in the week, Henry presented fall modelling data and said B.C. is flattening the pandemic curve again.
“Kindness counts. What we do today directly influences the well-being of our communities tomorrow, so let’s continue to do our part to protect ourselves and each other – each day and every day,” she said.
With no news deaths, the total in B.C. remains at 244.
No new health-care facility or community outbreaks were reported. However, the outbreak at Rideau Retirement Centre has been declared over.
Of 1,387 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 71 people are in hospital, including 15 in intensive care.
Another 3,042 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.
The recovery rate remains 83 per cent.
Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, said the country’s average daily count of new COVID-19 cases hit 2,052 over the past seven days. That’s up 40 per cent over the previous week and is nearly 10 times the low it reached last July.
The BC Centre for Disease Control has posted guidelines for safe celebrations.