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Most of the deaths reported on Friday involved people living in long-term care, Henry said, biting back tears. The majority of the 395 coronavirus deaths in British Columbia were 70 or 80 years old.
There are now 59 active outbreaks in British Columbia’s health care system, including four nursing homes in the Fraser Health Region that are reporting more than 50 cases of COVID-19.
New outbreaks were declared at the German Canadian Charity Society nursing home, Villa Cathay nursing home and Morgan Place on Friday, while outbreaks at Peace Portal Seniors Village and Kiwanis Care Center were declared over.
More than 300 British Columbians are currently being treated for the coronavirus in hospital – another milestone, as hospitalizations jumped to 301 on Friday, including 69 in intensive care.
In a sobering update on Friday, Henry highlighted the high level of community transmission in the province, compared to the first wave of COVID-19 in the spring.
“It’s different from what we used to experience,” she says. “This means that any place that was able to hold gatherings safely until a few weeks ago – including temples, churches, gurdwaras and other important and critical religious places – is not safe.
Henry added that these places aren’t necessarily doing anything wrong – BC’s risk level has simply increased.
In addition to the 7,899 active coronavirus cases in the province, 10,430 other people are currently under active public health surveillance due to close contact with a known case of COVID-19.