Category Archives: Health

Limiting gatherings in homes to immediate family and six others.

There is currently only one active case of COVID 19 in North Vancouver Island and there have been no reports of new cases anywhere on Vancouver Island since last Thursday, but British Columbia has just set a record for the highest daily rise over a three-day period. As of 4:30 PM Monday, there were 2,316 active cases, and 77 people in hospitals, on the Mainland. It is not certain that Vancouver Island will continue to remain relatively COVID free while the virus spreads throughout the rest of the province. Dr Bonnie Henry has just issued a province wide health order limiting gatherings in homes to immediate family and six others.  

Spread of virus in private homes

“Similar to what occurred in the summer with vacation homes and rentals, where we were seeing parties that meant people were passing the virus on to many others, we have seen a notable increase in transmission of COVID 19 as a direct result of social gatherings in private homes. Many of the cases that we have seen in the last few weeks have been related to these important celebrations where people are getting together with larger numbers of people than can be accommodated safely within their homes ,” said Henry.

“I’d like to be clear, this has been the case in every part of the province, but we know the risk is highest where there is more virus circulating in our community and that has meant that this type of gathering, of celebration, has led to more cases in some aras of the province than others. So we do see that the cases and the transmission we’re seeing in the Lower Mainland, in Metro Vancouver, and particularly in the Fraser Valley (the Fraser Health Region), have related to the fact there is more virus circulating in our community and this type of party is very risky right now.”

Limiting gatherings in private homes

“As a result, today [October 26] I am  putting in a new provincial health officer order. This order limits gatherings in private homes to no more than your immediate household plus your safe six, six additional others.”

BC Government COVID-19 BC Update, Oct 26

Wearing masks

Dr Henry added, “In addition to this new order and in light of the increased risks with respiratory season, the expectation is that people will wear masks in all indoor public spaces. As part of this, businesses are asked to review their COVID-19 safety plans with this in mind. If you are in a high-traffic area or among many people outside of your household while at work, a mask will help to protect you and those around you.”

Top photo credit: Dr Bonnie Henry giving the health order limiting gatherings in homes to family and six others – courtesy BC Government

Vancouver’s first indoor overdose prevention site outside the Eastside

By Moira Wyton, The Tyee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

People who use drugs and harm reduction advocates were celebrating as Vancouver’s first indoor overdose prevention site outside the Downtown  Eastside was approved in a seven-to-four vote by city council Tuesday.

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First Nations grapple with COVID-19

the Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

As of July 31, the percentage of First Nations individuals living on reserve reported positive for COVID-19 was one-quarter of the rate of the general Canadian population, according to Indigenous Services Canada (ISC). “The work that communities have done, to ensure the safety of their citizens, of their Elders and of their communities generally has been phenomenal,” says Dr. Shannon McDonald, who is the Chief Medical Officer at the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA). McDonald is Metis and Anishinabe, and introduces herself as a guest on Tsawout territory. But as COVID-19 cases continue to increase across B.C., several First Nations have also announced increasing numbers of positive COVID-19 cases.

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only two new cases in North Vancouver Island last week

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative

Though the numbers are still rising, there are still fewer deaths and and hospitalizations in the second wave of COVID 19. There were 968 cases reported in British Columbia last week. The majority were in the Fraser and North Coast Health Regions.  Vancouver Island continues to report the lowest numbers in the province and there were only two new cases in North Vancouver Island last week.

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