Hundreds more new COVID-19 cases in BC; 11 more deaths | iNFOnews

B.C.’s COVID-19 response and latest updates for Dec. 4

The results of the survey were used to inform decisions about public health measures during the pandemic, B.C.'s Deputy Provincial Health Officer Dr. Réka Gustafson said in a news conference Friday.

Hospitals in B.C. now count 338 individuals admitted, 76 of whom are receiving critical care.

"I know you are all feeling fatigue but I am asking you to do a little bit more until vaccines are available to all of us", Dr. Henry said, calling the approval of Pfizer vaccine in the United Kingdom "good news" that shows us 'a bright light at the end of the horizon'.

The vast majority of Wednesday's new cases were in the Fraser Health region (529) and Vancouver Coastal Health region (174).

While seniors aged 70 and older experienced the most severe health effects, younger adults and parents of young children reported the pandemic taking a higher economic, mental and emotional toll, according to the provincewide COVID-19 Survey on Population, Experience, Action and Knowledge, conducted in the spring and funded by the BCCDC Foundation for Public Health.

A one-day record 50 more people tested positive in the northern region, bringing the overall total to 978. After many months of restrictions...we are all feeling that fatigue.

Dr. Henry called the incident a "cautionary tale", and said she's seen several other similar incidents recently.

"We strongly recommend and ask everyone in not travel right now, unless it is absolutely essential for work or medical care".

"A provincial health officer (PHO) order can not stop you from getting into your vehicle or onto a plane, but I am asking in the strongest of terms to not travel unless it is absolutely necessary". "Making an exception for yourself, or your team, or your recreational needs puts a crack in our wall, and we see that this virus can exploit that very easily".