62 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in British Columbia but no new deaths

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British Columbia added 62 more cases of COVID-19 to its pandemic tally, but the number of active infections rose from a record high a day earlier.As of Wednesday, there were 896 active infections of the new coronavirus, up from 925 a day earlier. Hospitalizations also declined slightly, from 22 COVID-19 patients to 21, including seven in intensive care.

There have been no new deaths from the virus, leaving British Columbia’s total to date at 203.

Wednesday’s update from Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Administrator, and Health Minister Adrian Dix, allude to concerns about what could happen in the fall.

“In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is understandable that many people have increased anxiety and concern for the well-being of their families and themselves,” Henry and Dix said in a written statement.

“For parents in particular, there is the added challenge of navigating a new approach to classroom learning that includes a number of additional public health protocols and precautions.

Earlier Wednesday, Education Minister Rob Fleming approved the back-to-school plans released by all 60 school districts, calling them thoughtful and innovative.

“School will be new to everyone this year – just like the way we spend time with friends and the way we run our businesses has demanded a different way of doing things than we ever have. before, ”said Dix and Henry.

“Unparalleled resilience and determination”

The past few weeks have seen a steady increase in the number of active cases in British Columbia, with up to 109 new cases confirmed in a single day.

There have also been several new outbreaks in the health care system and numerous community exposure events. Currently, there are 10 active outbreaks in long-term care and assisted living facilities, and two in acute care units in hospitals.

“As we look to the year ahead, we know that British Columbians will continue to demonstrate an unprecedented resilience and determination that will help us all navigate this pandemic,” said Dix and Henry.

“By working together, we will learn and adapt our approach as we go, as we focus our efforts on prevention, detection and rapid response. This is what will keep us strong and protect us all.

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