Coronavirus in British Columbia: Nearly 500 new cases, 2 more deaths reported over the weekend

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VANCOUVER – In the first COVID-19 update of the week, British Columbia’s top doctor revealed that the province has added 499 more cases of the disease to its overall tally. Dr Bonnie Henry provided an update during a live briefing in Victoria on Monday afternoon.

Henry said 172 cases were recorded from Friday to Saturday while 153 more cases were reported from Saturday to Sunday. Finally, 174 other positive tests were counted from Sunday to Monday.

Seven of the new cases reported over the weekend were epidemiologically linked, Henry said.

In total, British Columbia has recorded 11,687 cases of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. Henry said 9,753 people have recovered from the disease, leaving 1,639 active cases in the province.

“You could say we’re in our second wave here, of our COVID-19 storm here in British Columbia,” Henry said at the press conference.

“But we are controlling what this wave looks like… there continues to be transmission of COVID-19 in many areas of our province, and we know it is expected. This virus has not disappeared. ”

However, Henry said she was encouraged that British Columbia has not seen an exponential growth in the disease.

“We have more people in the hospital than a few weeks ago, but that has also stabilized,” she said.

As of Monday’s update, 67 people were hospitalized with the illness, including 19 in acute care.

Several new confirmed epidemics

Henry’s update also confirmed details of the outbreaks reported in the Fraser Health Region over the weekend. Fraser Health announced an outbreak at J&L Beef Ltd. on Sunday. after 13 employees tested positive for the disease.

The health authority also announced outbreaks at two long-term care homes within its jurisdiction: the village of Langley and the Seniors’ Village of Rosemary Heights in Surrey.

Additionally, Fraser Health said on Monday that a staff member at Zion Park Manor, a long-term care facility in Surrey, tested positive for COVID-19.

Henry said a second outbreak at the Royal Arch Masonic House has also been reported.

Two outbreaks have been reported, she said, including one at Banfield Pavilion House and another at Yaletown House.

“That leaves us with 19 active outbreaks in our health care system,” Henry said.

Henry urged British Columbians to do their part to avoid “a steep and steady increase in new cases” as other parts of the country have seen.

“We know it can happen and when it does, it can overwhelm our healthcare system,” she said. “It’s not only difficult for our frontline health workers, but it means it is more difficult to treat anyone who is sick, whether it is from COVID-19 or some other illness.

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