May 08, 2021 – 2:00 p.m.
VICTORIA – The first two physicians in British Columbia have defended the province’s approach to releasing data on COVID-19, but say they will provide more information about the number of cases in neighboring countries than in large health areas, so it will be more helpful to the public.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, and his deputy, Dr. Rekha Gustafson, released the data on Friday to the Vancouver Sun. Someone at the Control Center for Disease Control would not classify it as “leaked” because some of the forms it would have found later anyway.
The center’s documents show high rates of COVID – 19 in some parts of Surrey, but Henry County maintains the city – with a large number of essential workers – with the highest number of cases.
“If you look at our information, most, in fact, are aimed at providing the same level of granularity at the provincial level,” Gustafson said.
“This is not yet validation or standards, we were prepared to release it in advance,” he said, adding that the goal in the coming weeks is to provide simultaneous neighbor-level immunization and case numbers, so they can be compared to other areas.
Information about the explosions is being used by local public health officials to take action and the data is being analyzed before it is released, so there is no attempt to keep anything from the public, Gustafson said.
Henry said the province has made it a priority to vaccinate workers in high-risk jobs, but there has also been an effort not to advertise areas where the virus is highly prevalent to avoid stigma and racism.
“We have seen over and over again that there are people with stigmatizing COVID. We only need to look at the anti-Asian racism we see, the anti-tribal racism we see. So, we need to find that presence and make the best of the data we have.”
When COVID-19 data became available in the first countries, it could not be collected for ethnic groups, he said, adding that the epidemic had revealed systemic systemic imbalances, including low wages across the country.
However, that information is needed to better support the various groups, and information about gender and occupations must be collected and provided in a standardized manner across the country, so it can be reported to the public health agency.
A total of 722 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths were reported in British Columbia on Friday, for a total of 1,602 deaths.
So far, the vaccine-eligible BC. Forty-five percent of residents have received at least one shot.
As part of the province’s age-based stream of immunization program, people 49 and older can now book an appointment that will provide vaccinations to younger people in hotspots, while increasing immunizations for frontline workers.
This report of the Canadian edition was first published on May 7, 2021.
© The Canadian Press, News from 2021