The efforts most people are making to slow the spread of COVID-19 are paying off. This week we are starting to see the number of new daily cases of the virus decline in our province.
One new case was reported for the Powell River Local Health Area (includes City of Powell River, qathet Regional District (minus Lasqueti), and Tla’amin Nation) for the week of January 24-30.
It’s an encouraging trend, said Dr. Bonnie Henry in her February 1st update. However, she also emphasized that it’s important to stay the course in terms of taking precautions to stop the spread of the virus.
“Fewer cases is a welcome sign for all of us and makes it all the more important to keep going with the fundamentals of staying local, staying small and staying safe right now. Let’s all continue to do our part, knowing that our individual and collective efforts are working.”
Although new daily case numbers are dropping across the country, numbers are still much higher than they were in the spring and summer, and with the presence of the new variants Public Health Officials emphasize it is not time to relax restrictions.
In Monday’s update Dr. Bonnie Henry confirmed that up to February 1st there were 18 variant cases of COVID-19 confirmed in British Columbia. Four of these are the South African variant and 14 of them are the UK variant. No variant cases have been identified in our Local Health Area.
Though the province is starting the month with a limited vaccine supply, preparations are underway to ensure that facilities and staff are ready when supplies do arrive.
Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community. If you have questions about the vaccine visit our FAQ page at prcomplex.com/vaccines