British Columbia reports 53 new COVID-19 cases as total nears 4,000


Health officials reported 53 new cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia on Friday and no new deaths.The vast majority of new cases have been in the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health areas, both of which have recorded 24 cases of the disease.

At least 45 cases of COVID-19 linked to the Vancouver party

At least 45 cases of COVID-19 linked to the Vancouver party

There are 3,934 confirmed cases of the disease in British Columbia, according to a written statement from the province. Of these, 3,353 patients made a full recovery, or about 85%.

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British Columbia now has 386 active cases of COVID-19.

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British Columbia’s COVID-19 death toll remains at 195 as the province last recorded a coronavirus-related death a week ago.

The number of hospitalized patients is unchanged at 11. Four of these patients are in intensive care, a decrease of one since Thursday.

Since July 17, there have been seven days with more than 40 new cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia. The province last passed 50 cases a week ago.

The BC Center for Disease Control released a weekly report that shows 290 new cases of COVID-19 were reported from July 31 to August 6, a 46% increase from the previous week. Over 60% of new cases during this period were recorded in Fraser Health.

Fraser Health has declared a new outbreak at Derby Manor, an independent living center in Burnaby, after a staff member tested positive for the new coronavirus.

The province has said more than 1,500 people in British Columbia are self-isolating because they have COVID-19 or have been at high risk for the virus.

“It’s a concern and something we can change,” the statement said.

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“Like a forest fire, COVID-19 has the potential to burn out of control quickly and we need to put out those outbreaks.”

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