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BC records one additional COVID-19 death, 559 new cases


B.C. COVID-19 case numbers remain high, but deaths in the province are declining.

In an on-camera briefing this afternoon (Feb. 23), Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said 559 more COVID-19 cases were recorded in the past 24 hours for a grand provincial total of 77,822.

Of those, Northern Health found 66 new infections for an updated authority total of 4,417.

Officials announced another death today, which brings the province’s toll to 1,336.

There are currently 4,677 active cases throughout B.C. with 238 people currently hospitalized, 69 of which are in ICU or critical care.

A total of 71,753 have been classified as fully recovered. 

As of this publication, the north continues to hold the highest COVID-19 positivity rate in all of B.C. according to the latest BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) data. 

Northern Health’s seven-day moving average comes in at 12.9 per cent as of Feb. 21, 2021. 

For comparison, Fraser Health is 8.2 per cent, Vancouver Coastal Health is reporting six per cent, Interior Health currently holds 4.5 per cent and Island Health sits at 3.2 per cent during the same time period. 

B.C.’s seven-day moving average for COVID-19 positivity rate has increased slightly to 6.8 per cent. 

In education, Northern Health flagged two Prince George schools for exposure events. 

The health authority says people may have been exposed in the Lac des Bois Elementary community from Feb. 16-17, 2021. 

Since classrooms opened in September, the French immersion facility is the 20th School District 57 (SD57) member to be warned for the virus. 

Meanwhile, Spruceland Traditional Elementary was also alerted this morning for a second COVID-19 exposure event during Feb. 10-12, 2021.

Unless contacted directly by public health officials, students and staff is asked to monitor their symptoms for a 14-day period. 

Northern Health’s school-exposure section also explains the following:

  • Contact tracing is initiated to determine how the individual was infected and who they were in close contact with
  • We identify and notify close contacts who may be at an increased risk, and advise them to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days
  • Only Public Health can determine who is a close contact

    • Learning groups, friends or other connections may not be determined to be a close contact

  • Public Health staff works closely with the school and school district throughout the case and contact management process to maintain close communication with the school community

The up-to-date list of northern B.C. schools marked for a COVID-19 exposure event is as follows: 

  • Kispiox Community School (Independant) – Feb. 16-16, 2021
  • Lac des Bois Elementary (SD57) – Feb. 16-17, 2021
  • Spruceland Traditional Elementary (SD57) – Feb. 10-12, 2021
  • Kispiox Community School (Independent) – Feb. 16-17, 2021
  • North Peace Secondary (SD60) – Feb. 16-17, 2021
  • Charles Hays Secondary (SD52) – Feb. 11, 2021
  • Prince Rupert Middle (SD52) – Feb. 11-12, 2021
  • Margaret Ma Murray Community School (SD60) – Feb. 17-18, 2021; Feb. 11-12 and 16, 2021
  • Chief Matthews School – Old Massett Village (Independent) – Feb. 12, 2021
  • Ecole Central Elementary (SD60) – Feb. 9-12, 2021
  • Charlie Lake Elementary (SD60) – Feb. 8, 2021
  • Duchess Park Secondary (SD57) – Feb. 9-12, 2021
  • Crescent Park Elementary (SD59) – Feb. 2, 3, 10, 2021
  • Dr. Kearny Middle (SD60) – Feb. 11, 12, 2021
  • Prince George Secondary (SD57) – Feb. 11-12, 2021
  • Cedars Christian (Independent, Prince George) – Feb. 10-12, 2021
  • Uplands Elementary (SD82) – Feb. 2-5, 2021
  • Dawson Creek Secondary – Central Campus (SD59) – Feb. 8-9, 2021
  • Prince George Secondary (SD57) – Feb. 8-9, 2021
  • Cedars Christian – Prince George (SD57) – Feb. 8, 2021
  • Conrad Elementary (SD52) – Feb. 4-5, 8, 10, 2021
  • Centennial Christian – Terrace (Independent) – Feb. 3-5, 8, 2021
  • Heather Park Elementary (SD57) – Feb. 10, 2021
  • Spruceland Traditional School (SD57) – Feb. 8-9, 2021
  • Charles Hays Secondary (SD52) – Feb. 8-10, 2021
  • Pacific Coast School (SD52) – Feb. 4, 2021
  • Giscome Elementary (SD57) – Feb. 4, 2021
  • Dawson Creek Secondary – South Peace Campus (SD59) – Feb. 5, 8, 2021
  • Caledonia Secondary (SD82) – Feb. 3-4, 2021
  • Bear Valley School (SD82) – Feb. 2-4, 2021
  • Skeena Middle (SD82) – Feb. 2-4, 2021
  • Thornhill Elementary (SD82) – Feb. 2-3, 2021
  • Cassie Hall Elementary (SD82) – Feb. 5, 2021
  • Thornhill Primary School (SD82) – Feb. 1-3, 2021
  • Suwilaawks Community School (SD82) – Feb. 2-4, 2021
  • Charles Hays Secondary (SD52) – Feb. 8, 2021
  • Fort Nelson Secondary (SD81) – Feb. 1-3, 2021
  • Tremblay Elementary (SD59) – Feb. 2, 2021
  • Cedars Christian – Prince George (Independent) – Feb. 1, 2021
  • Conrad Elementary (SD52) – Feb. 3, 2021
  • Pineridge Elementary (SD52) – Feb. 3, 2021
  • Port Edward Elementary (SD52) – Feb. 1, 2021
  • Prince Rupert Middle (SD52) – Jan. 26-29, 2021
  • Heritage Elementary (SD57) – Jan. 26, 2021
  • Shas Ti-Kelly Road Secondary (SD57) – Jan. 25-27, 2021; Jan. 28-29, 2021
  • Duncan Cran Elementary (SD60) – Jan. 28-29, 2021
  • Decker Lake Elementary (SD91) – Jan. 22-26, 2021
  • Notre Dame in Dawson Creek (Private) – Jan. 25, 2021
  • Fraser Lake Elementary (SD91) – Jan. 25, 2021
  • Centennial Christian – Terrace (Independent) – Jan. 20-22, 2021; Jan. 26-27, 2021; Jan. 27-29, 2021
  • Gudangaay Tlaats’gaa Naay Secondary (SD50) – Jan. 22, 2021
  • Heritage Elementary (SD57) – Jan. 20-22, 2021
  • Nak’albun Elementary (Independent) – Jan. 18, 2021
  • Uplands Elementary (SD82) – Jan. 19-21, 2021
  • Centennial Christian – Terrace (Independent) – Jan. 20-21, 2021
  • Parkside Secondary (SD82) – Jan. 8, 2021; Jan. 12-13, 2021
  • Prince Rupert Middle (SD52) – Jan. 13-15, 2021
  • Houston Secondary (SD54) – Jan. 13-15, 2021
  • Fort St. James Secondary (SD91) – Jan. 15, 2021
  • Nak’albun Elementary (Independent) – Jan. 11-14, 2021
  • Caledonia Secondary (SD82) – Jan. 12-13, 2021
  • DP Todd Secondary (SD57) – Jan. 4-6, 2021; Jan. 11-12, 2021
  • Chalo School (Independent, Fort Nelson First Nation) – Jan. 5-7, 2021; Jan. 6-8, 2021
  • North Peace Secondary (SD60) – Jan. 4, 2021; Jan. 11, 2021; 13-14, 2021
  • Clearview Elementary-Junior Secondary (SD60) – Jan. 7-8, 2021
  • Centennial Christian – Terrace (Independent) – Jan. 11-12, 2021
  • Houston Secondary (SD54) – Jan. 11-13, 2021
  • Fort Nelson Secondary (SD81) – Jan. 11, 2021
  • Conrad Elementary (SD52) Jan. 11-13, 2021
  • Prince Rupert Middle (SD52) – Jan. 8, 2021
  • Lax Kxeen Elementary (SD52) – Jan. 7-8, 12, 2021
  • Decker Lake Elementary (SD91) – Jan. 4-6, 2021
  • Prince George Secondary (SD57) – Jan. 6-7, 2021
  • Uplands Elementary (SD82) – Jan. 4-6, 2021
  • McNaughton Secondary (SD28) – Jan. 6-8, 2021
  • Valemount Secondary (SD57) – Jan. 6, 2021
  • Skeena Middle (SD82) – Jan. 4, 2021
  • Ecole Central Elementary (SD60) – Jan. 4, 2021
  • Mountain Christian (Independent) – Dec. 18, 2020

    • Dec. 18, 2020 = Self-monitoring ended Jan. 1, 2021

  • Cedars Christian – Prince George (Independent) – Dec. 14-16, 2020

    • Dec. 14-16 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 30, 2020

  • Bert Ambrose Elementary (SD60) – Dec. 17-18, 2020

    • Dec. 17-18 = Self-monitoring ended Jan. 1, 2021

  • Sacred Heart Elementary (Diocese of Prince George) – Dec. 10-11, 2020

    • Dec. 10-11 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25

  • Skeena Middle (SD82) – Dec. 1-4, 2020; Dec. 7-11, 2020

    • Dec. 1-4 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25
    • Dec. 7-11 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25

  • Caledonia Secondary (SD82) – Dec. 1-4, 2020; Dec. 7-11, 2020

    • Dec. 1-4 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25
    • Dec. 7-11 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25

  • Parkside Secondary (SD82) – Dec. 1-4, 2020; Dec. 7-11, 2020

    • Dec. 1-4 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25
    • Dec. 7-11 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25

  • Ecole Mountain View Elementary (SD82) – Dec. 1-4, 2020; Dec. 7-11, 2020

    • Dec. 1-4 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25
    • Dec. 7-11 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25

  • Smithers Secondary (SD54) – Dec. 11, 2020

    • Dec. 11 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25 

  • Margaret Ma Murray Community School (SD60) – Dec. 7-11, 2020; Dec. 14-16, 2020

    • Dec. 7-11 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25
    • Dec. 14-16 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 30

  • Alwin Holland Elementary (SD60) – Dec. 14-17, 2020

    • Dec. 14-17 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 31

  • North Peace Secondary (SD60) – Dec. 14-17, 2020

    • Dec. 14-17 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 31

  • Bert Bowes Middle (SD60) – Dec. 14-16, 2020; Dec. 1-4, 2020; Dec. 17-18; Nov. 16, 18-20, 30, 2020

    • Dec. 14-16 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 30, 2020
    • Dec. 17-18 = Self-monitoring ended Jan. 1, 2021

  • Pinewood Elementary (SD57) – Dec. 14-15, 2020; Dec. 14-18, 2020

    • Dec. 14-15 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 29, 2020
    • Dec. 14-18 = Self-monitoring ended Jan. 1, 2021

  • Southridge Elementary (SD57) – Dec. 10, 2020

    • Dec. 10 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 24, 2020

  • Caledonia Secondary (SD82) – Dec. 10-11, 2020; Nov. 30-Dec. 4, 2020; Dec. 1-2, 2020; Nov. 30, 2020

    • Dec. 10-11 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25, 2020

  • Heather Park Elementary (SD57) – Dec. 1-2, 3, 4, 7-8, 2020

    • Dec. 11 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25, 2020 

  • Westwood Elementary (SD57) – Dec. 9; Dec. 8, 2020

    • Dec. 8 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 22, 2020
    • Dec. 9 = Self-monitoring endedDec. 23, 2020 

  • St. Mary’s Catholic School (Diocese of Prince George) – Dec. 8-11, 2020; Dec. 7-10, 2020; Dec. 3-4, 2020; Dec. 1-2, 2020

    • Dec. 7-10 = Self-monitoring ended Dec 24, 2020
    • Dec. 8-11 = Self-monitoring ended Dec.25, 2020

  • Mountain View Christian Academy (Independent) – Dec. 8-10, 2020; Dec. 7-8, 2020

    • Dec. 7-8 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 22, 2020
    • Dec. 8-10 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 24, 2020

  • Thornhill Primary School (SD82) – Dec. 4, 7-11, 14-17, 2020

    • Dec. 4, 7-11,14-17 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 31, 2020

  • Walnut Park Elementary (SD54) – Dec. 9-10, 2020; Dec. 13-15, 2020

    • Dec. 9-10 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 24, 2020
    • Dec. 13-15 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 29, 2020

  • Shas Ti-Kelly Road Secondary (SD57) – Dec. 7-11, 2020; Dec. 1-2, 2020; Nov. 30, 2020

    • Dec. 7-11 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25, 2020

  • College Heights Secondary (SD57) – Dec. 10-11, 2020; Dec. 17-18, 2020

    • Dec. 10-11 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25, 2020
    • Dec. 17-18 = Self-monitoring ended Jan. 1, 2021

  • DP Todd Secondary (SD57) – Dec. 1 and 2, 2020
  • Dawson Creek Secondary – South Peace Campus (SD59) – Dec. 8, 2020; Nov. 16-18, 2020; Sept. 23-25, 2020

    • Dec. 8 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 22, 2020

  • Smithers Secondary (SD54) – Dec. 7 and 10, 2020

    • Dec. 10 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 24, 2020

  • Fort Nelson Secondary (SD81) – Dec. 7, 2020; Oct. 15-16, 2020
  • Ecole Central Elementary (SD60) – Dec. 2-3, 4, 2020
  • Nak’albun Elementary (Independent) – Dec. 3-4, 2020; Nov. 22-25, 2020; Sept. 16-18, 2020
  • Suwilaawks Community School – Terrace (SD82) – Dec. 1-2, 3-4, 2020; Nov. 27, 30, 2020
  • Kitwanga Elementary (SD82) – Dec. 1-3, 2020
  • Prince George Secondary (SD57) – Dec. 1-3, 2020; Nov. 18, 2020; Oct. 2, 2020
  • Margaret Ma Murray Community School (SD60) – Dec. 1-4, 2020; Nov. 23-26, 27, 30, 2020
  • Uplands Elementary (SD82) – Dec. 1, 2020; Nov. 30, 2020
  • Fort St. James Secondary (SD91) – Dec. 1, 2020; Nov. 19-20, 20-26, 30, 2020
  • Veritas Catholic School (Diocese of Prince George) – Nov. 30, 2020
  • Anne Roberts Young Elementary (SD60) – Nov. 30, 2020
  • Bert Ambrose Elementary (SD60) – Nov. 30, 2020
  • David Hoy Elementary (SD91) – Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2020; Nov. 25-26, 2020; Sept. 17-18, 2020
  • William Konkin Elementary in Burns Lake (SD91) – Nov. 16, 23-24, 23-27, 2020
  • Energetic Learning Campus in Fort St. John (SD60) – Nov. 16-20, 23-27, 30, 2020
  • Peden Hill Elementary (SD57) – Nov. 12-17, 17-20, 24-27, Nov. 30, 2020
  • Centennial Christian in Terrace (Independent) – Nov. 23-26, 2020; Dec. 14-16, 2020

    • Dec. 14-16 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 29, 2020

  • North Peace Secondary (SD60) – Nov. 10, 12-13, 16, 19-20, 24-26, 2020; Dec. 16-17, 2020

    • Dec. 17-18 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 31, 2020

  • Sacred Heart Elementary (Diocese of Prince George) – Nov. 25-27, 2020
  • Charlie Lake Elementary (SD60) – Nov. 23-24, 16-26, 2020, Dec. 14-18, 2020

    • Dec. 14-18 = Self-monitoring ended Jan. 1, 2021

  • Ecole College Heights Elementary (SD57) – Nov. 19-20, 20-24, 2020
  • Beaverly Elementary (SD57) – Nov. 23-24, 2020
  • Foothills Elementary (SD57) – Nov. 23, 2020
  • Lakes District Secondary (SD91) – Nov. 23, 2020, Dec. 17, 2020

    • Dec. 17 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 31, 2020

  • Chetwynd Secondary (SD59) – Nov. 13, 2020
  • Van Bien Elementary (SD57) – Nov. 9-10, 2020
  • Ron Brent Elementary (SD57) – Oct. 30, 2020
  • Hudson’s Hope Elementary-Junior Secondary (SD60) – Oct. 26-Nov. 4, 2020
  • Immaculate Conception School (Diocese of Prince George) – Oct. 21-23, 2020
  • Roosevelt Park Elementary (SD52) – Oct. 21-22, 2020
  • Notre Dame in Dawson Creek (Private) – Oct. 13-14, 2020
  • Quesnel Junior Secondary (SD28) – Sept. 10-11, 15-18, 2020
  • Ecole Frank Ross Elementary (SD59) – Sept. 10-11, 2020

– with files from Kyle Balzer, PrinceGeorgeMatters





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