179 COVID-19 cases are a ‘direct result’ of how British Columbians spent Labor Day


VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – The 139 COVID-19 cases reported on Friday reflect how British Columbians spent Labor Day, according to the province, as public health officials announced a total of 179 new cases .“Today, we are announcing 139 new cases, including seven cases linked to the ear. We are also reporting 40 historical cases that were tested between August 11 and September 16 for people who did not have a personal health number, ”said a statement from Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Administrator, and the Minister of Health, Adrian Dix.

“The cases we’re seeing today are a direct result of how we spent our Labor Day long weekend,” they add.

“No one intends to pass the virus on to their friends or family, but it is very easy to do. It can take up to two weeks for symptoms of COVID-19 to develop and during this time we can inadvertently pass it on to others. This is why the actions we take as individuals today are so important to the well-being of our communities tomorrow. Choose safe, choose small, and choose to protect the people we care about most. ”

The province also reported three deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the total in British Columbia to 223.

The cases now total 7842.

Out of 1,803 active cases, 59 people are hospitalized, including 20 in intensive care.

No new outbreaks have been reported, although a second at Royal Arch Masonic Home, a long-term care facility, has been declared complete.


The outbreaks remain active in 10 long-term or assisted living facilities and five acute care units.

Schools continue to issue alerts when exposure has occurred and action is required.

Jordan Tinney, superintendent of the Surrey School District, issued an exposure alert on Friday afternoon, confirming that a person with COVID-19 attended Latimer Road Elementary School on September 10.

“For schools, public health teams will contact individuals through contact tracing,” health officials say.


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