British Columbia reports 47 more cases of COVID-19 as active number surpasses 350 for first time since May

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VANCOUVER – Health officials in British Columbia have announced 47 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the provincial total to 3,834 since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Currently, there are 351 active cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia, including nine people in hospital, six of whom are in intensive care.

The last time the number of cases in the province considered “active” exceeded 350 was on May 17.

There have been no new deaths in the past 24 hours, provincial health official Dr Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a statement on Wednesday. The provincial death toll from the virus remains at 195.

“We offer our condolences to all those who have lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dix and Henry said.

One of the new cases reported on Wednesday is epidemiologically linked, health officials said. This means it is considered a confirmed case, although the person who contracted the virus has never been tested.

There has been no new outbreak of COVID-19, either in health care facilities or in the community, Henry and Dix said in their statement, but added that there were still ” community exhibition events ”throughout the province.

“As COVID-19 remains in our communities, so does the anxiety and stress that come with uncertainty, increased isolation and the need to take precautions in everything we do,” said officials said in their press release.

Dix and Henry devoted much of their statement to the effects of the pandemic on mental health, particularly on young people.

They encouraged residents to check with family, friends and neighbors to make sure they were receiving the mental health support they needed, and reminded the public that resources are available for those who need it. are having difficulty.

“People across British Columbia have shown unprecedented compassion and kindness in the face of COVID-19,” said Henry and Dix. “This is something that we can all be proud of and that we must continue.

Since the start of the pandemic, the vast majority of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia have been located in the Lower Mainland, with 2,015 confirmed cases in the Fraser Health region and 1,132 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. .

Elsewhere in the province, there were 384 cases in Interior Health, 146 in Island Health, and 91 in Northern Health. There were also 66 cases involving people residing outside of Canada.

A total of 3,288 people who have had the virus in British Columbia are now considered fully recovered.

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