British Columbia sets another daily record with 425 new confirmed COVID-19 cases

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A record high of 425 new cases of COVID-19 has been confirmed in British Columbia, with most of the cases located in the Fraser Health Region.Provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry said on Thursday there had been no new deaths, but the number of active cases, now at 3,389, reached its highest total at this time. day. This includes 97 hospitalized patients, including 24 in intensive care.

Of the new cases announced Thursday, 268, or about 63%, are located in the Fraser Health region, which has become the epicenter of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in British Columbia. Another 126 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health area.

Henry said she shared everyone’s concern over the increased number of cases in the province.

“We expected an increase as we moved indoors in cooler weather. It is extremely important to manage this increase effectively, ”she said.

“I ask you once again to slow the spread of the virus in British Columbia”

Thursday’s update also included two new outbreaks in the health care system. There are now 28 active outbreaks in long-term care and assisted living facilities, and two in acute care units in hospitals.

At the same time, the epidemic at École de l’Anse-au-sable in Kelowna is officially over.

To date, British Columbia has confirmed 16,560 cases of the virus and 273 people have died. A total of 7,519 people are currently under active surveillance by public health officials due to exposure to COVID-19.

Health Minister Adrian Dix stressed the importance of public health order limiting gatherings inside people’s homes to household members and the “safe six” in their bubble.

He said that when it came to house parties, “Don’t throw. Do not go. Say no. ”

As Fraser Health numbers continue to rise, some parents in the region are asking for more information on COVID-19 exposures in schools. A so-called “superspreader” event at the Capella Dance Academy in Chilliwack has been connected to 38 cases and 13 schools as of Wednesday.

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