British Columbia announces second wave of COVID-19, confirming 499 new cases and 2 more deaths over the weekend


Provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry said on Monday that British Columbia was in the second wave of the conronavirus pandemic, as it confirmed 499 new cases of COVID-19 and two other deaths during of the weekend.The new figures bring the total of active cases in British Columbia to 1,639.

“You could say we’re in our second wave,” Dr Bonnie Henry told reporters on Monday.

However, Henry was quick to point out that the province is not experiencing “exponential growth” and that most people in British Columbia are doing everything right.

There have been more than 150 cases per day since Friday, with the highest day total at 174 from Sunday to Monday.

A total of 3,713 people across the province are isolated due to exposure to COVID-19, 11,687 people diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic and 253 have died from it.

There are 67 people in the hospital, including 19 in intensive care. The province is actively monitoring 4,028 people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.

“We have succeeded in relatively controlling the spread of our community”

There is still transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 throughout British Columbia, but the province is still able to manage it, Henry said.

“Here in British Columbia, we have been relatively successful in controlling the spread of our community,” she says.

Clusters of cases are associated with essential services like grocery stores and food processing plants and contact tracers operate “around the clock,” she said.

Henry reiterated the importance of following public health guidelines, such as keeping groups small and wearing masks.

“The vast majority of people have taken this to heart,” she said.

There are four new outbreaks in long-term care or assisted living facilities.

A staff member at Zion Park Manor, a long-term care facility in Surrey, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently in home isolation.

Improved cleaning and control measures are in place at the facility and Fraser Health is working to identify anyone who may have been exposed

Fraser Health declared new outbreaks of COVID-19 at a meat processing plant in Surrey, British Columbia, and two long-term care homes on Sunday.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Canada has surpassed 200,000, four months after the country reached the threshold of 100,000 cases.

On Monday, Federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said the Canada-U.S. Land border would remain closed to all non-essential travel until at least November 21.


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