British Columbia registers 68 new cases of COVID-19, the most active cases since the start of the pandemic

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VICTORIA – Health officials in British Columbia have announced 68 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the provincial total to 4,745 since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix and Deputy Provincial Health Administrator Dr. Réka Gustafson announced the new cases in a press release on Wednesday afternoon.

There have been no new deaths in the province in the past 24 hours, leaving the provincial death toll at 198. Since the start of the pandemic, 3,749 people who tested positive have recovered, leaving the province with 798 cases. active.

This is the highest active caseload on record in British Columbia, eclipsing the 775 ongoing cases in the province on Tuesday.

Of this number, 10 people are hospitalized, including four in intensive care. Another 2,452 people are under active public health surveillance due to exposure to known cases of the virus, officials said on Wednesday.

No new COVID-19 outbreaks have been reported, either in the community or in the healthcare system, and a healthcare outbreak – at the Richmond Lions Manor Long-Term Care Center in Richmond – is now completed, according to Dix and Gustafson.

In all, there are currently eight coronavirus outbreaks in long-term care facilities and one in an acute care facility, officials said.

Wednesday’s update comes as the province opens new COVID-19 testing centers in the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health areas.

“We know that as the number of new cases increases, so does the demand for testing,” said Gustafson and Dix. “That’s why every health region has worked to add new assessment and testing capabilities. ”

The province currently has the capacity to perform about 8,000 tests per day, officials said.

“Right now, anyone with symptoms can be tested, but it’s important to remember that the test is only recommended if you have symptoms,” they said. “If you develop symptoms, no matter how mild, your first step is to distance yourself. other people and contact 811 or your health care provider to schedule an assessment. ”

Dix and Gustafson also noted that a negative test is not a free pass to stop self-isolation. Those who have been exposed to a known case of the virus and who have been urged by health officials to stay at home must continue to do so throughout the period of isolation, they said.

Since the start of the pandemic, most of the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia have been found in the Lower Mainland, including 2,493 in the Fraser Health area and 1,488 in Vancouver Coastal Health.

Elsewhere in British Columbia, there were 411 cases in Interior Health, 158 in Island Health and 120 in Northern Health. There have also been 75 recorded cases in British Columbia among people residing outside of Canada.

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