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Jan 24 12 tweets 7 min read
!!! From a HCW in a #BCpoli hospital just now:

"They are now making it difficult to test people in hospital - they're refusing to authorize PCR tests on people who become symptomatic. There's a NAAT PCR machine in ED but inpatient can't use it without special authorization.."
..I ran this past a nurse who replied: "And we all know why that is! Families are threatening to sue if their relatives get nosocomial [hospital-acquired] COVID" ie. from infected patients placed in the same room. Hospitals covering rears? If you don't test, there's no proof...
Respond to this news please, @adriandix. You're the health minister! I have an elderly aunt with a broken hip, with preexisting heart trouble, in a Vancouver hospital in a shared room with a Covid patient right now. She has stayed uninfected all pandemic, but it won't last now.
@adriandix If Emergency admitting can't test incoming patients for COVID anymore using their own hospital test machines, and this is not for the cynical reason that seems to be the most obvious explanation, please explain it to us, Mr. Dix.
@adriandix More stories of this happening: uninfected patients getting admitted to hospital for non-COVID cause and contracting COVID in hospital. And now testing is suppressed in order that this can happen more stealthily, without proof, @adriandix?
@adriandix .. IF YOU ARE A BC HEALTHCARE WORKER AND HAVE A STORY you want to deliver to the media anonymously, you can use this link:… #bcpoli #Covid19BC
@adriandix ..Can we just state some things here that should be obvious?

1. Every single person who enters hospital should be tested as a matter of course. This is a damn pandemic. Not to do so denies the most basic scientific fact of the prevalence of asymptomatic spread of COVID.. #bcpoli
@adriandix ... and not testing inpatients puts all other patients in the hospital at risk.

2. This point is a Q: if BC hospitals are no longer broadly testing all patients, are they then falsely/blindly declaring all hospital patients outside of COVID wards negative?.. #bcpoli
@adriandix ..3. BC now has an overt policy of mixing COVID patients in with uninfected patients in hospital wards. To my knowledge, BC is the only province in Canada that has stated that it will actively allow this. If there's another example of this, please advise. #bcpoli #cdnpoli
@adriandix ..And now we have a record # of #COVID19 patients in BC hospitals, for this "mild" wave, a wave that could have been mitigated, but wasn't. #bcpoli
@adriandix PS just a note that the request from @brish_ti for anonymous stories from HCWs/nurses etc. mentioned earlier in this thread is for those working in Island Health only. Thanks! #bcpoli #b

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Jan 25
If Dr. Bonnie Henry or @adriandix use the term "mild" in this 3 pm press conference of theirs, I will lose it. It wasn't "mild." It was dangerous, painful & terrifying. Sure, downplay a virus with unknown long term effects, high rates of #LongCovid, deaths high & hospitals full.
@adriandix In ten minutes @Protect_BC will be livetweeting this BC COVID press conference. If you saw their last livetweet, you'll know it's worth following along. Sharp. #bcpoli
@adriandix @Protect_BC In the meantime, an assessment of BC's COVID performance from a well-known BC doctor: #bcpoli
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Jan 23
BCers aren't allowed to wear an N95 into hospitals, but BC govt staff and ministers appear to be wearing them for pressers. #bcpoli

1. Is this the same civil servant who has described Omicron as the sniffles? (Genuine Q)
And is this not BC's Health Minister in an N95 under a surgical mask, at a press conference? How is that acceptable when visitors to @Fraserhealth hospitals are forced to remove N95 masks? #bcpoli
@Fraserhealth These are the same hospitals where COVID patients are being crammed into the same rooms as uninfected patients.

The feds need to step in. The BC govt is incapable of managing this pandemic competently, transparently, & in a manner that protects the rights of Canadians in in BC.
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Dec 25, 2021
"SARS: A costly error" - very interesting Globe article from 2003, detailing the mistakes made by public health authorities in Toronto, notably Dr. Bonnie Henry. They were mistakes driven by non-health-related calculations. #bcpoli… "How had they missed it? Was it inevitable that a sneak
‘More than 27,000 people were quarantined in Toronto's two SARS outbreaks, one in March and April and the second in May & June, according to @AP. AP put the number of deaths in the Toronto area at 39, including a nurse who died’
via @heynursekat…
@AP @heynursekat Also via @heynursekat:
"Learning from SARS: Preparing for the Next Disease Outbreak"

Or perhaps in BC's case, 'not learning from SARS.'
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Dec 24, 2021
We imagine that Canada has socialized medicine and the US does not, but has anyone noticed that this appears to have flipped with respect to the pandemic? There's often more equitable access to testing, vaccines, treatment & supports in the US: #bcpoli

Chelsea's thread details supports offered to Covid patients by NY public health. They seem almost fictional from a BC POV. I said this to CBC when they interviewed me about the difficulty of getting access to the rapid tests I needed to try to protect elder family members here..
I have family in Washington State. All of us are surprised by BC's relative lack of access to easy care and tools for pandemic management. They're frequently sending news of relative ease of finding rapid tests (often free), free PCR testing, and faster vaxx/boosters in WA vs BC.
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Dec 16, 2021
This briefing by @Protect_BC is today at 12:30. I'm volunteering to live-tweet it. I'll use the #covid19bc & #bcpoli hashtags, but sparingly. Follow this thread.. this is tweet #1. See you at 12:30.
The @Protect_BC briefing on #Omicron is in 5 minutes. Here's the link to the 3 livestreams (no reg'n required).
You can watch via YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter. I'll be on the YouTube:… #covid19BC
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Dec 16, 2021
This train is off the tracks. Dr. Henry was just on @CBCStephenQuinn Early Edition saying 2 vaccine shots is the same protection against #Omicron as Delta & downplaying need for boosters. Has she not read the ample data?! Deal with this, @adriandix @jjhorgan. #bcpoli #Covid19BC
@CBCStephenQuinn @adriandix @jjhorgan Are we to assume Bonnie Henry hasn't only failed to read Pfizer's own data, but also the data that UK public health has put out on the superior protection of 3 doses over 2? What the hell is going on? She just boldly spread misinformation on our national broadcaster. #bcpoli
@CBCStephenQuinn @adriandix @jjhorgan There is no reality principle here. It's not just the NDP mistaking optics for actual governing ; it's BC public health. This isn't science, or health; it's spin.
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