COVID-19 Diary – Day 37

There have now been 28 infections associated with an outbreak at United Poultry in East Vancouver. Not all of these cases are in today’s report of 25 new infections, as the first confirmed positive test was on Sunday, and additional tests came back on Monday as well. Public Health has also stated that there is no need to worry about chicken purchased from stores either previously or in the future, there is no data to suggest that you can catch COVID-19 from consuming chicken or handling packaging (although you should always wash your hands after handling raw chicken). More info here.

Over the course of the pandemic so far here in BC, we’ve seen elective surgeries cancelled, and a very notable decrease in emergency room usage. It’s believed that many or most people are cautious of heading to the hospital, as serious COVID-19 treatments are being handled there, and risk of transmission could be elevated. However, most recently we are seeing that trend slowly ending, and people once again feeling confident to seek treatment. In BC hospitals used to see over 6000 emergency room visits a day, but in early April that number was closer to 3000. As of today though, the number is back above 4000 per day and steadily increasing. We don’t yet know how long it will take for elective surgeries to become available in BC again, but we do know that it’s something Minister Adrian Dix has been looking into for the future. More info can be found here.

That’s all for now, stay safe everyone!

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