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B.C. sets new records in COVID-19 hospitalizations, active cases while adding 1,205 infections

Three new deaths recorded in B.C.
B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

More records were broken in B.C. today (April 15), but not in a good way.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said 1,205 more tests came back positive for the virus across B.C. during the past 24 hours for a new grand total of 116,075.

Of those infections, Northern Health added 66 for an up-to-date authority total of 6,687 since March 14, 2020. 

There have been three new COVID-linked deaths, which raises the province's toll to 1,524.

There are currently 10,052 active cases throughout B.C., which is a new record. There are 409 people in hospital, 125 of which are admitted in ICU or critical care, which are also new records.

Another 16,217 are under active public health monitoring due to being exposed to someone diagnosed with the virus. 

While B.C.'s daily caseload numbers continue to sit at an average of 1,000 per day, Prince George is also seeing an increase. 

According to the latest Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence released by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), Prince George saw 70 new infections from April 4 to 10, 2021.

Last month, numbers remained in the 30s to low 50s. 

Also in the north, Peace River South continues to see the highest case numbers in the region, sitting at 118 in the same timeframe. 

An up-to-date list of northern B.C. schools marked for COVID-19 exposure events in the month of April is as follows:

  • Energetic Learning Campus (SD60) - April 8-9, 2021
  • Dawson Creek Secondary, South Peace Campus (SD59) - March 30-April 1, 2021
  • École Mountain View Elementary (SD82) - April 6, 2021
  • École Frank Ross Elementary (SD59) - March 30 - April 2, 2021
  • Tremblay Elementary (SD59) - March 30-April 1, 2021
  • École College Heights Elementary (SD57) - April 6-8, 2021
  • St. Anthony's Catholic School, Kitimat (Independent) - April 6, 2021
  • Dawson Creek Secondary, South Peace Campus (SD59) - March 29-April 1, 2021
  • Notre Dame Catholic School (Independent) - March 29-April 1, 2021
  • Sacred Heart Elementary (Diocese of Prince George) - April 6, 2021
  • Kispiox Community School (Independent) - April 6, 2021
  • Mountain Christian School Society (Independent) - April 6, 2021
  • Prince George Secondary (SD57) - April 6, 2021
  • Canalta Elementary (SD59) - April 6, 2021
  • C.M. Finch Elementary (SD60) - March 30-April 1, 2021
  • Duchess Park Secondary (SD57) - April 6, 2021
  • Kersley Elementary (SD28) - April 6-8, 2021
  • Dawson Creek Secondary, South Peace Campus (SD59) - March 31-April 1, 2021

Northern Health's school-exposure section explains the following:

  • Contact tracing is initiated to determine how the individual was infected and who they were in close contact with
  • We identify and notify close contacts who may be at an increased risk, and advise them to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days
  • Only Public Health can determine who is a close contact
    • Learning groups, friends or other connections may not be determined to be a close contact
  • Public Health staff works closely with the school and school district throughout the case and contact management process to maintain close communication with the school community

More to come...