It started in late August 2021 when this author began asking BC Ministry of Health and the Public Health Authority Service media agents for information regarding Covid testing practices in BC hospitals. This led to an eventual Access of Information request in early December that year. After some discrepancies, just before the new year struck, BC’s official Pandemic update included a disclaimer that revealed a further hidden bias in publically reported Covid case data — patients lost to follow-up. (1-3)
Remember, data was and still is too good to be true in British Columbia. Draconian-forward scientists in Ontario on the pro-vaccine side even took notice once internal memos from Vancouver Coastal Health were leaked to the press in September. (4) That internal information, however, was dropped into their lap two weeks after I sent several phone calls and emails to various media agents, executives, and authorities at BC’s Ministry of Health and Hospitals. Likewise, my initial request was for information on Covid recording and testing practices in hospitals on behalf of CLN.
Non-infectious cases under lock and key
Alongside an apology from Provincial Health Officer, Bonnie Henry, one mysterious cohort of Covid cases in the BC healthcare — normally kept private — was publically reported for the first time. This was only after the existence of those cases, coined discontinued isolations, were exposed to the press in September. (5) Patients can be removed from isolation if their symptoms have reduced after five days of a diagnostic Covid infection. Despite a lack of infection, however, those non-infectous patients can remain in the hospital under poor care due to long-term side effects.
Going by a special BC Gov News release posted in September, the number of non-infectious patients nearly added a 50% increase to the public record. The 330 patients reported in BC hospitals with Covid was closer to 482 according to the full spectrum of private and public statistics. But, as previously reported, one media agent for the BC Ministry of Health was clear with this author in an email that the discontinued isolations would soon be reported regularly. (1) Although it was not then known that any Covid patients were lost to follow-up. (2)
As of September 21, 2021, how many Covid patients in British Columbia’s hospitals on ‘Discontinued Isolation’ were either unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, and fully vaccinated?
This information will soon be provided weekly and we will share it at that time.Marielle Tounsi – Senior Public Affairs Officer – COVID-19 Media Relations – Ministry of Health. September 24, 2021.
Vaccinated patients can still test positive due to viral load but with mild symptoms. For this reason, vaccinated persons that do end up in hospital with Covid-19 will be more likely on discontinued isolation relative to unvaccinated patients. But that is only a hypothesis since three months have passed and discontinued isolations remain private with or without an associated vaccination status. As it turns out, though, those records might not exist.
A FOIA (Freedom of Information Act), referred to as an Access of Information Request in British Columbia, was sent to retrieve data on records that were never publicized. The request included the vaccination status of discontinued isolation cases throughout 2021. (3)
The Ministry did not locate records as they do not have patient level records that would allow them to link discontinued isolation cases on a given day with their vaccination status.FOI Response – Justice/Health Team, Information Access Operations – Ministry of Citizens’ Services. December 22, 2021.