COVID-19 in British Columbia: 294 more coronavirus cases recorded in British Columbia over the weekend

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VANCOUVER – Almost 300 more cases of COVID-19 were identified in British Columbia over the weekend, pushing the number of active cases in the province well beyond the 1,000 mark. In their bi-weekly briefing on Monday, provincial health worker Dr Bonnie Henry and BC Minister of Health Adrian Dix also announced four more deaths from the novel coronavirus.

Three of the latest victims were residents of long-term care homes. In total, the latest deaths bring the number of deaths from the pandemic in the province to 208.

“Our condolences go out to families, friends and caregivers for these individuals,” said Henry.

Officials said 294 infections had been identified in the last three reporting periods, including three epidemiologically linked cases: 86 were recorded from Friday to Saturday, followed by 107 from Saturday to Sunday and 101 from Sunday to Monday. .

Together, they boosted the number of active cases in British Columbia to 1,107, setting a new record for the province. This represents an increase from 974 active cases on Friday.

British Columbia had fewer than 200 active cases as recently as mid-July, before a number of private parties and events involving young people triggered a steady rise in infections.

This continuing surge and the imminent return of cold and flu season have prompted officials to ask B.C. residents to put the brakes on their social relationships again – though they have not provided clear guidelines for their last recalibration.

“After several months of restrictions, we all needed to reconnect with our family, with friends, with our communities this summer,” said Henry. “Now we need to slow down our social interactions and we need to prepare for the coming respiratory season. ”

The provincial health official called for renewed vigilance with regard to hand washing, physical distancing and the use of masks, but also stressed the importance of “keeping groups small”.

Unlike some jurisdictions, which have strict rules on how many people can socialize together, BC health officials have generally provided more flexible advice and relied on residents to show their best. judgment.

Henry and Dix also announced a new outbreak at Normanna Living long-term care facility in Burnaby, where a staff member has so far tested positive for COVID-19.

But two other outbreaks – at Dania Home and Holy Family Hospital – have been declared over. The outbreak at Holy Family Hospital was particularly devastating, resulting in at least nine deaths.

“We’re all very relieved that this has been brought under control,” said Henry.

Health teams continue to grapple with outbreaks in 10 other health care facilities, including eight assisted living and long-term care homes and two acute care centers.

While Henry acknowledged that the continued rise in cases is “a concern for all of us,” the infections over the weekend were also offset by the 156 people who have recovered from COVID-19. This brings the total number of recoveries in British Columbia to 4,466.

The number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 – which is considered one of the most important measures of the severity of the pandemic – has remained relatively low over the summer, but has increased in recent weeks.

Officials said hospitalizations reached 28 over the weekend, an increase of five from Friday. The number of patients in intensive care or intensive care units has also increased from seven to 10.

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