COVID-19 update from August 18: here’s the latest on the coronavirus in British Columbia


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3:45 p.m. – British Columbia announces 83 new cases

The number of active COVID-19 cases in British Columbia continues to break records, with 775 reported on Tuesday.

An active case is one that has not been resolved by the patient’s recovery or death.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said 83 new cases of the disease emerged between noon Monday and noon Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases reported in British Columbia since the end of January to 4,677.

Ten reported no new deaths on Tuesday, with that toll remaining at 198.

2:45 p.m. – Provincial state of emergency extended until September 1

The government of British Columbia has extended the provincial state of emergency until September 1, 2020.

Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said powers granted under the state of emergency would be used to clamp down on private parties and gatherings linked to the spread of COVID-19 among young people.

“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,” said Farnworth.

British Columbia has been in a state of emergency since March 18.

11:30 a.m. – Four domestic British Columbia flights added to list of COVID-19 exposures

COVID-19 exposure alerts have been issued for four additional flights arriving or departing from British Columbia

The BC Center for Disease Control added four domestic flights to its coronavirus exposure list on Monday, warning passengers that a positive COVID-19 case was on board.


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