91 more COVID-19 cases in British Columbia as number of active cases declines again

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VANCOUVER – Ninety-one more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in British Columbia in the past 24 hours, but there have been no additional deaths, health officials said on Wednesday. There are now 1,376 active cases of the coronavirus in the province – the second consecutive drop after a significant drop on Tuesday that officials attributed to a delay in reporting recovery data from the Vancouver area.

Wednesday’s update, which was delivered via a press release, rather than a live briefing, said there are 62 people hospitalized with the virus, including 18 in intensive care.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been a total of 8,395 cases of COVID-19 and 227 deaths recorded in British Columbia.

No new outbreaks have been reported, and outbreaks at Bear Creek Villa Independent Living Center and Normanna Long-Term Care Facility have been declared over, said Dr Bonnie Henry, provincial health official, and Deputy Minister of Health Stephen Brown in their statement.

That leaves nine long-term care and assisted living facilities, as well as five acute care facilities, with ongoing outbreaks in the BC healthcare system.

No new community outbreaks have been declared and the outbreak at a Loblaws warehouse in Surrey has been declared over, Henry and Brown said.

Although Wednesday’s update contained positive trends regarding the number of new cases, active cases and outbreaks, officials stressed that there was still work to be done.

“New cases and clusters of COVID-19 remain higher than we would like them to be,” Brown and Henry said in their statement.

“The impact of this situation means that thousands of people in British Columbia are now under active public health care and surveillance, and many of them are forced to deal with the stress and anxiety that comes with the fact. of having to isolate themselves from work, friends and family. pair continued.

A total of 3,368 people are currently under surveillance due to exposure to known cases of coronavirus, according to Wednesday’s point.

There are now 6,769 people considered recovered from COVID-19 in British Columbia, an increase of 180 from the total reported on Tuesday, which was itself 617 more than the previous day’s total.

Prior to Tuesday, the highest number of recoveries British Columbia had recorded in a single day was 121 in March.

The vast majority of COVID-19 cases in British Columbia have been located in the Lower Mainland, including 4,302 in the Fraser Health area and 3,016 in Vancouver Coastal Health.

Elsewhere in British Columbia, 515 cases were recorded in Interior Health, 273 in Northern Health and 203 in Island Health. There were also 86 cases among people residing outside of Canada.

Henry and Brown urged British Columbians to continue to follow “the basics of COVID-19 safety,” including frequent hand washing, keeping others physically away and wearing a mask when this is not possible, limiting social interactions and always staying at home in case of illness.

“By using the layers of protection, we reduce our personal risk and the number of new cases, and we make our communities safer,” the duo said.

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