COVID-19 update for Sept. 14: Here’s the latest on coronavirus in B.C.


Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Sept. 14, 2020.

Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Sept. 14, 2020.

We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.

As of the latest figures given on Sept. 14: • Total number of confirmed cases: 7,279 (1,594 active) • New cases since Sept. 11: 317 • Hospitalized cases: 58 • Intensive care: 16 • COVID-19 related deaths: 219 • Cases under public health monitoring: 3,047 • Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 10

3 p.m. – Health officials announce 317 new cases of COVID-19 and six more deaths in B.C.

Six people have died and 317 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in B.C. over the past three days. That brings the total number of deaths to 219, and active COVID-19 cases to 1,594.

Public health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced there were 137 positive tests on Friday, 119 on Saturday and another 61 on Sunday. The number of people in hospital has increased to 58, including 16 in intensive care.

“Our people have worked so hard to prevent COVID from entering our community, but it’s here now,” Heiltsuk Nation chief councillor Marilyn Sletts said in a statement. “This is deeply upsetting and worrying, and our thoughts and prayers are with our members and their families. These positive cases show the risks of keeping Indigenous communities in the dark.”

6 a.m. – Electricity demand in August was seven per cent below pre-COVID forecast, says B.C. Hydro

Domestic consumption of electricity in B.C. was seven per cent below the forecast last month, according to latest B.C. data.

This is an improvement on March, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, when consumption for March was 10 per cent below forecast.

“Despite the large drop, this was less significant than what was happening in other parts of the world,” the Crown utility said in a prepared statement referring to March.

“The United Kingdom, France and Spain experienced 15 to 20 per cent drops in overall power consumption. With businesses reopening, overall demand in August increased to seven per cent below B.C. Hydro’s pre-COVID-19 load forecast.”

B.C. Hydro attributed the partial recovery of electricity demand to British Columbians being “back at work and spending less time at home.”

According to a B.C. Hydro poll of 627 people conducted between Aug. 27 and Sept. 3, 40 per cent of British Columbians reported that their daily routine had changed since stay-at-home measures were lifted in mid-June.

Tla’amin Nation chief Clint Williams will meet officials on Wednesday and decide whether to delay an election this Saturday, as COVID-19 numbers double and heavy smoke tests its members.

The Tla’amin Nation outbreak is the second largest of any Indigenous community in B.C., after the 26-case Haida Gwaii outbreak that was declared over at the end of August.

Williams said heavy smoke due to wildfires raging in Washington, Oregon and California was making it harder on sick band members who had tested positive and were recovering at home.

There were four cases reported last Tuesday, when a state of emergency was declared and a stay-in-place order issued.

On Friday there were 10 cases, and according to Williams there were 20 confirmed cases on Sunday. At least two of those cases have been hospitalized.

Parents at Ecole Panorama Ridge Secondary in Surrey have learned that a person who attended the school last Tuesday was COVID-19 positive.

On Friday, Surrey School Board superintendent Jordan Tinney sent an email to parents saying there were no students in the school on that day and that health authority contact tracing was underway. Tinney reported the contact was deemed low risk.

Last Monday, the head of a West Vancouver private school sent a letter to parents saying there had been an exposure at a Grade 9 day camp and that those at risk were in isolation. The school was not closed as the exposure had occurred off campus.

Full-time return to class for public secondary students starts today, with elementary students in their second week.

Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

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