COVID-19 in British Columbia: 82 more cases, 1 more death in last 24 hours

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VANCOUVER – British Columbia has recorded 82 more cases of COVID-19 and one more death in the past 24 hours, provincial health official Dr. Bonnie Henry said in a live briefing Thursday afternoon . There are now 1,261 active cases of the coronavirus in British Columbia, a slight decrease from Wednesday’s total.

Sixty-nine people are hospitalized with the disease, including 19 in intensive care.

Thursday’s update brings the total number of cases recorded in British Columbia since the start of the pandemic to 9,220. There were 235 deaths from COVID-19 during this time.

Henry also announced a new outbreak at the George Derby Center in Burnaby, the second outbreak in the facility.

There are now 18 ongoing outbreaks in health care facilities across the province, including 15 in long-term care homes and three in acute care units.

The provincial health worker devoted a significant portion of his remarks Thursday to explaining how public health officials track contact in schools across the province, as well as the difference between exposure and a school outbreak.

“I know there is still a lot of worry and anxiety around schools, and I know it’s because we all want everyone in our schools – especially our kids, educators and all. our school staff – be safe, “Henry said.

She pointed out that there had been no outbreaks in BC schools so far and went on to give examples of exposures, clusters and outbreaks.

An exposure is defined as an incident in which only one person who tested positive has been to school during their infectious period, Henry said. Health officials are also determining whether there are groups of two or more people who attended school during their infectious period, she added.

Clusters are different from epidemics, Henry said.

“An epidemic in a school setting occurs when we have continuous transmission and we don’t know who transmitted to whom,” she said. “We have not yet had an epidemic in our schools in British Columbia. It’s a possibility. We have seen it happen in other places, and we will be monitoring it. ”

The provincial health worker said every case of COVID-19 in British Columbia is subject to contact tracing and people who have been exposed to the coronavirus are urged to stay home and self-isolate.

Health officials are monitoring a total of 3,093 people in the province due to known exposures to COVID-19, Henry said.

She also added that a record number of tests for the virus – 10,899 – had been carried out in British Columbia on Wednesday.

“I know there have been challenges in some places, but this is really a testament to the incredible work people are doing across the province to make sure we can get the tests they need ASAP,” he said. said Henry.

The vast majority of cases in British Columbia continue to be located in the Lower Mainland. There have been 4,712 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Fraser Health area and 3,360 in Vancouver Coastal Health.

Elsewhere in British Columbia, there were 535 cases in Interior Health, 317 in Northern Health and 209 in Island Health. There have also been 87 cases detected in British Columbia among people living outside of Canada.

A total of 7,695 people with COVID-19 in British Columbia are now considered recovered.

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