We are not out of COVID-19 woods yet

We are not out of COVID-19 woods yet

According to the newest modelling update on COVID-19, we are seeing an upward bend in the curve that includes disproportionately larger numbers of younger people.

BC has now recorded 3,300 cases of COVID-19 with new cases reported in all health regions of the province, and three continuing outbreaks in health care facilities.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry submitted the latest modelling report which included initial results of the online survey regarding the province’s response to COVID-19.

BC’s COVID-19 survey, “Your story, our future” is now finished.

Just under 395,000 British Columbians or 1 in 10 adults responded, 25 per cent of those respondents were from Vancouver Island.

The majority of respondents were females, not visible minorities, between the ages of 35 and 74 with an income between $40,000 and $100,000 and some higher education.

Four out of five approved of the province’s COVID-19 Response plan, predictably the younger respondents were less likely to approve.

The biggest worries cited by respondents; 69 per cent reported work was affected, 62 per cent were concerned for a family member and 47 per cent were concerned for their mental health.

Those aged 18 to 29 reported greater economic and mental stress than the rest of the respondents, most likely due to their greater employment in hospitality, food services, arts and entertainment and retail.

The survey results are included in the COVID-19: Going Forward update which includes the current status for infections in BC.

Community outbreaks among young people who had traveled to numerous events in Kelowna recently have now affected 6o persons. Those numbers will drive the median age for cases down from 50 as more young people are infected.

There are currently 253 active cases including the Kelowna-based cases, the numbers are still manageable but growing.

Based on fatality reports, one in five of those infected in long term care, assisted care, and acute care wards will succumb to the virus. Numbers show residents and patients contract the virus at a higher rate than staff.

BC has managed to keep the infection rate down to one in 100 or less, that may be changing with more public contact with groups outside our bubbles.

Summer fun and the urge to frolic are causing concern for Dr. Henry.

Her message does not change: Focus on your friends and family and keep your groups small. When you are out in public, be kind to workers following the rules in restaurants and bars to help them help us bend the curve back.  Spread the message to socialize safely, low and slow.

And enjoy your summer.

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