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BC: Two thirds of COVID deaths in nursing homes

While the government of the Canadian province of British Columbia went ballistic in its lockdown including restricting travel within the province and not allowing people to leave their health district, the politicians and health officials seem to have been oblivious to the real problem — the nursing homes.

An interesting story out of British Columbia (BC) addresses the government’s failure to stop the spread of COVID in nursing homes and according to the reporter allegedly tried to cover it up.

The South China Morning Post reported:

Vancouver’s two health authorities, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Fraser Health, both tried to withhold data about the apparent failures of the strategy known as “enhanced surveillance” or “enhanced monitoring”, until they were compelled to provide it by Freedom of Information (FOI) requests.[…]

As of April 24, 988 residents of BC care facilities have died of Covid-19 during the outbreak, accounting for about two-thirds of the province’s total death toll, although widespread vaccination has recently seen the care home crisis tail off and restrictions eased.

Yes, two-thirds of COVID deaths in BC were from the province’s care homes and of the remaining 33% how many were over the age of 70, but not living in a nursing home?

One wonders what would have happened if instead of concentrating its time on quarantining the healthy, the government had focussed its attention on protecting those vulnerable to the virus.

READ: Exclusive | Investigation: 192 died in Vancouver care homes that delayed declaring coronavirus outbreaks

Kind of reminds me of New York where Democrat Gov Andrew Cuomo sent people infected with COVID into the nursing homes and then tried to cover up the number of COVID deaths in the nursing homes. READ: More than 6,300 COVID-19 patients were sent into New York nursing homes, state report reveals AND: Andrew Cuomo’s Aide Admits NY Hid COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths to Avoid Federal Investigation


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