British Columbia Records 83 COVID-19 Cases, Extends State of Emergency

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VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – British Columbia recorded 83 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the same day the province extended its state of emergency.While there are no deaths or new health care facilities and outbreaks in the community, the total number of cases has risen to 4,677, a joint statement from Minister of Health Adrian reads Dix and British Columbia Provincial Deputy Director of Health, Dr. Réka Gustafson.

There are 773 active cases and more than 2,300 people self-isolate after possible COVID-19 exposures. British Columbia’s recovery rate edged up from 79.1% to 79.2%.

“If you have COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, public health teams are there to support you. You can help them and your community by responding to their call quickly and providing them with as much information as possible. Quickly isolating people with COVID-19 and reaching their contacts is one of the most effective ways to control the spread. “

The statement adds that it’s important to self-isolate for 14 days if you’ve been exposed to the virus and to avoid large gatherings.

“We need to continue to protect those who are most vulnerable – our seniors and seniors, as well as those with underlying health issues – by thinking about who we are exposed to and who we may be exposing to, as we go through life. time with others ”, instruction reads. “Seeing friends may seem safe, but if you are in close contact with an elderly family member, your visit may inadvertently endanger them.”

Extending state of emergency in British Columbia

Earlier today, the provincial government extended its provincial state of emergency which gives it “extraordinary powers” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first state of emergency was declared on March 18, the day after a public health emergency was declared by the provincial health officer, Dr Bonnie Henry.

This latest extension will end on September 1 and will allow the government to deal with immediate concerns, such as recent outbreaks in parts of the province.

Premier John Horgan says residents of British Columbia have made sacrifices to keep transmission rates low, but now unsafe gatherings are undermining that progress.

“We are committed to getting our province back on track and we will announce law enforcement action against those who continue to put others at risk,” he said.

COVID-19 infection rates recently jumped in the province after celebrations were held where health officials say people did not follow guidelines to avoid infection.



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