British Columbia records 4 COVID-19 deaths over weekend as numbers continue to climb

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Four people have died from COVID-19 in British Columbia since Friday, and 294 new cases of the virus have been confirmed.There is now a record 1,107 active infections of the novel coronavirus in the province out of 5,790 to date, Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health administrator, announced Monday. Three of the deaths recorded this weekend were in long-term care; To date, 208 people have died from infection caused by the virus.

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients rose to 28, including 10 in intensive care. There is a new outbreak at the Normanna long-term care home in Burnaby, after a staff member tested positive.

Since the province entered Phase 3 of its recovery plan, active cases have increased beyond what was seen in the spring.

During Monday’s briefing, Henry urged British Columbians to be more careful as summer turns into fall, describing the current situation as the “messy environment” of a pandemic that no one is facing. expected.

“After several months of restrictions, we all needed to reconnect with our family, our friends this summer. We traveled, we took advantage of our summer and we re-energized. Now we need to slow down our social interactions for the airways. [illness] coming season, ”said Henry.

“As the cooler weather arrives, we all need to be prepared. We have seen the challenges posed by this virus and now is the time to prepare. As we step into our offices, our workplaces, our schools, we need to take a step back from some of the social interactions we have had this summer. Being ready means we are all getting back to basics. ”

This means washing your hands vigilantly, keeping social circles small, and most importantly staying home when you’re feeling sick.

Two outbreaks in the health care system have been declared over, as has the outbreak linked to numerous exhibition events in Kelowna around Canada Day.

British Columbia must “flatten our curve again”

Henry warned that the cold weather could cause another wave of COVID-19 or lead to an outbreak of the flu.

“These colder and more difficult months, we have to close the gaps that we have had here this summer and flatten our curve again,” she said.

Despite the recent increase in the number of cases in British Columbia, Henry has been resolute in her approach to the virus. Earlier this month, she said contact tracing was working to control the spread of the virus in British Columbia.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said the summer showed how quickly people’s behavior can lead to an increase in numbers, citing the Kelowna outbreak as an example.

He said everyone should be aware of how the opportunities for the disease to spread can disguise itself as a chance to hang out with a large group of friends or participate in an activity that we missed.

“COVID-19 is knocking on our doors and we cannot let it in,” Dix said.

He said British Columbians should make the rules about dining in restaurants – ie. A limit of six people per table – as a guideline for socializing in our personal life.

A maximum of six people outside your household has been the guideline for all social interactions since British Columbia entered Phase 2 of the pandemic response in May.

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