VICTORIA, B.C. – Provincial Health Officials provided an update, on Saturday afternoon, on the latest information regarding the coronavirus in British Columbia.
According to Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, there are two individuals within the Northern Health region that are in self-isolation, after the cases were originally identified in the Vancouver and Interior health regions.
The two individuals in the Northern Health region had travelled outside of Canada. Both are now in self-isolation with mild symptoms after driving in private vehicles back to Northern Health region.
Eryn Collins with Northern Health told Energeticcity.ca, “In order to protect a patient’s privacy the Province and the health care system is not identifying the communities where the cases reside. It is important to know that anyone potentially exposed will be contacted by Public Health Officials.”
Dr. Henry also added “Anyone who may be at risk of exposure to COVID-19 gets contacted by the public health officials who are supporting confirmed cases and their close contacts. We will not be identifying the specific location of confirmed cases unless public health providers cannot be certain they have reached all those who need to be contacted and who therefor might be a risk to the public.”
Dr. Henry says they want paitence to feel safe contacting health authorities. “We want people who have symptoms to contact us, and to feel safe contacting us, knowing their privacy will be protected so the steps to protect the health and safety for all can be taken. This is why privacy is important to everyone. It allows public health providers to do the work they need to do to keep everybody safe.”
Henry reports of 9 new cases confirmed, bringing the total cases to 73 as of Saturday.
The Province is still reminding anyone who travels outside of Canada to stay away from school or work for 14 days in self-isolation upon return.
The Province is currently working with regional health authorities to set up mobile test units to test individuals for COVID-19.
Henry says the risk of contracting the virus still remains low.
In order to prevent illness, Henry reminds the public to continue proper hand-washing practices and to stay home if they are feeling ill.
On top of the new cases, Dr. Henry and Health Minister Dix, said the supply chain for grocery stores in B.C. is strong. The Province has been assured there are not shortages in the supply chain and residents do not need to make bulk purchases.