British Columbia announces 125 more COVID-19 cases but no new deaths

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British Columbia health officials on Wednesday announced 125 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths.In a written statement, the Provincial Health Administrator Dr Bonnie Henry and Stephen Brown, Deputy Minister of Health for British Columbia, said there were 1,284 active cases of people infected with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus in British Columbia, down 16 from Tuesday and 92 a week ago.

Seventy-two people are in the hospital, including 21 in intensive care. Hospitalizations, which typically lag behind peaks and declines in new cases, were up 10 from last Wednesday, when 62 people were in hospital.

The province’s death toll remains unchanged at 234.

Public health is actively monitoring 3,202 people across the province, who are in isolation due to exposure to COVID-19.

The positivity rate – the number of COVID-19 cases detected in a day divided by the number of tests performed that day – fell below 2% last week, after peaking at over 7% in April .

While experts say the positivity rate doesn’t show it all, a lower rate could indicate that the outbreak of cases in British Columbia has subsided, at least temporarily.

Officials said Wednesday that British Columbia conducted 9,752 tests on Tuesday – the highest number yet. The province’s positive test rate was 1.4%, marking the eighth day in a row it was below 2%.

Officials said there was no new outbreak in health facilities. Outbreaks persist in 14 long-term care facilities and three acute care centers.

No new community outbreaks have been reported, although exposure events are still being monitored across the province.

Henry and Brown said British Columbians have risen to the challenge of keeping the curve where it needs to be.

“While the ongoing goal may not always be easy to maintain, now is the time to keep going – to continue supporting and caring for each other through the efforts we make,” they said.

“Take a moment to thank people at your local grocery store, contact your elderly neighbor to help them clean their yard, or send a note to a friend you haven’t seen in a while. A little kindness is good for us all. ”

A total of 9,138 people have tested positive since the start of the pandemic and 7,591 people have recovered.

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