Active COVID-19 cases rise as nearly 3,200 British Columbians isolate themselves


VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – As British Columbia nears its record for daily COVID-19 cases, active cases have increased, as have the number of people isolated.The province announced 132 new cases on Friday, a day after breaking previous records. Active cases have jumped 49 since the previous day, bringing the total to 1,461, while 89 other people who have come in contact with someone with the virus are self-isolating.

In a joint statement, Dr Bonnie Henry, provincial health administrator, and Minister of Health Adrian Dix said no one else had died from the virus, leaving the total at 213.

“We know that COVID-19 has not been without challenges and without losses. But we work every day to find the balance between reducing new cases and being slow to protect those who are most vulnerable, while keeping our communities alive, ”they said.

Henry and Dix noted that the most recent outbreak in the healthcare system was at Evergreen Hamlets, a long-term care facility in Surrey.

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While 49 people are currently in hospital, fewer are in intensive care in the past 24 hours. Hospitalizations have increased recently and have continued to increase during the week.

There are no new community epidemics, however, exposures continue to occur.

An updated list of COVID-19 exposures can be found here.

The cure rate is 75.7% since 5,273 people who tested positive have recovered.

To date, 6,962 cases of the virus have been confirmed in British Columbia


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