Province announces 549 new cases of COVID-19 over long weekend, five new deaths – BC News

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UPDATE: 4:15 p.m.

Interior Health has confirmed there are 30 active cases of COVID-19 in the region.

One person is in hospital and seven cases are linked to the Kelowna Calvary Chapel outbreak reported on September 25.


ORIGINAL: 15h45

As a result of the Thanksgiving long weekend, 549 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in British Columbia.

There have been 170 positive cases reported from Friday to Saturday, 159 from Saturday to Sunday, 119 from Sunday to Monday and 101 more in the past 24 hours.

Of the new cases identified over the weekend, 23 were from the interior health region, bringing the region’s total since the start of the pandemic to 582.

This brings the total number of positive COVID-19 cases recorded so far in the province to 10,734.

There are currently 1,476 active cases in British Columbia. Seventy-seven people are hospitalized with the virus, including 24 in an ICU.

In addition, 3,618 people are under active public health surveillance due to exposure to a known case, and 8,974 have fully recovered from the virus.

Five new deaths were reported Tuesday, two in the Fraser Health Region and three in the Coastal Health Region of Vancouver.

Four new health care outbreaks were announced Tuesday at the PICS Assisted Living Center, Chartwell Carrington (Mission), Weinberg Residence and Yaletown House.

Outbreaks in healthcare at Evergreen Hamlets in Fleetwood and Cherington Place have been declared over, and no new community outbreaks were reported over the weekend.

That leaves 20 active healthcare outbreaks in the province in three acute care facilities and 17 long-term or assisted care facilities.

Provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry says she wants to note that there was a build-up of testing over the Thanksgiving long weekend, which impacted the higher numbers today.

“First, of course, it was over a four-day period, rather than our usual three-day weekend reporting period, but the numbers are higher than we’d like to see, and on average , are higher than what we saw in the last week.

“As we know, our laboratory teams are working to treat as tests [possible] as we have increased our numbers over the last week, and there have been a number of events that conspired so that at the end of last week there was a bit of a backlog, and those – these were eliminated over the weekend. ”

She says the teams processed an extra day of testing to clear the backlog that had emerged.

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