July 16, 2020
At a news conference today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Dr. Danuta Skowronski, Epidemiology Lead of Influenza & Emerging Respiratory Pathogens, discussed findings from a joint study between the BC CDC, UBC and LifeLabs, on COVID-19 serology testing. Overall, less than 1% of British Columbians were infected with COVID-19 up to the end of May. While the findings indicate that we were very successful at flattening the curve, it also highlights that we are still very susceptible.
July 15, 2020
This summary highlights the recommendations made by the Infection Management Advisory Committee, with collaboration with other clinician groups, on the use of steroids for the treatment of COVID-19.
July 14, 2020
Welcome to the new COVID-19 update. As we move through the summer months and everyone is (hopefully) able to take some time off to recharge your batteries, we will be condensing our end-of-day updates to provide you with key need-to-know information about COVID-19 and pandemic planning for the fall and beyond. We thank CEO Kathy MacNeil for her consistent and supportive voice these past four months. For now, we will continue with updates on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and will increase these as the need for more information increases.
July 14, 2020
Overdose Alert for Cowichan (issued July 11), Nanaimo (issued July 14), and Victoria (issued July 14). There is an increase in opioids and stimulants overdoses, increased risk with smoking.
July 11, 2020
On Friday, two new individuals with lab confirmed COVID-19 were announced for Island Health. The new cases include one returning international traveler with the other linked to a previously announced lab-confirmed COVID-19 case. This brings our total Island Health active cases to four people, all of whom are self-isolating at home. I want to thank our public health teams for their robust testing and contract tracing programs which allow us to catch new cases early, before they have the opportunity to spread significantly. These new cases remind us again of the importance to following the public health guidance provided by Dr. Bonnie Henry and Dr. Richard Stanwick. Our individual actions make a difference and we must continue to practice all the behaviours we learned through the pandemic.