COVID-19 Diary – Day 281

US CDC Releases Study on Children in School & COVID-19 Between September and November, the US CDC ran a study on 397 children aged between 2 and 18, living in Mississippi, who had been tested for COVID-19. The purpose of the study was to determine likely transmission locations for COVID-19 positive children and also toContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 281”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 239

Contact Tracing Struggling in BC Contact tracing (followed by isolation) has been a tried and true method of fighting disease transmission since well before the days of COVID-19, and some even consider it to be “the most important public health intervention we have” in our fight against the current pandemic. Many areas of the worldContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 239”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 228

Weekly Chart Update The numbers are in for the 7 day period of October 20-26 and they are not good. During the previous week, BC’s record for the most reported cases in a single day was broken 3 times, with our current record sitting at 317 (October 24th’s number). Additionally, the record has now beenContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 228”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 223

BC Reports First School Outbreak Today BC Public Health reported the first confirmed school outbreak event, located at École de l’Anse-au-sable, a French-speaking school located in School District #93 in Kelowna. The exposure is confirmed to have taken place on October 13-15, and 160 members of the school community have now been directed to self-isolateContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 223”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 207

Weekly Chart Update Every Monday we begin the week with a new chart showing how our total weekly numbers compare to the previous total week numbers. As you can see from the above chart, 831 new infections were reported over the last 7 days. This is an 18.7% increase over last week’s total of 700.Continue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 207”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 196

Today marks 2 weeks since schools across BC have been open, and during that time there have been 31 exposure events, and luckily 0 outbreaks of COVID-19. Of those 31 exposure events, 23 of them have been located within the Fraser Health Authority, and 15 have been located specifically within the Surrey school district. TheseContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 196”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 191

Things are starting to look a little less positive for the vaccine candidate being worked on by Oxford/AstraZeneca. In an unusual move, AstraZeneca released early details on how their phase III human trials have been progressing, and it was discovered that there have been 2 patients who have developed transverse myelitis after receiving the vaccine,Continue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 191”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 189

Today BC Public Health was excited to announce the availability of a new COVID-19 test sample collection method for children in grades K-12. Instead of the much more invasive nasal swab method, students may instead opt for the gargle and spit method. This new method is still a PCR COVID-19 test, only the sample isContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 189”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 187

Students returned to classes all over BC on Thursday, Sept 10th last week. Now, just 4 school days later, we have reports of the first school-based exposure that could pose a moderate risk to attending scholars. Delta Secondary School sent out a letter to parents on Monday announcing that a person who was at theContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 187”