New COVID-19 cases rise from record 425 in B.C., number in hospital nears 100

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For the first time since the start of the pandemic, British Columbia has reported more than 400 new cases of COVID-19 in a 24-hour period.In a live briefing Thursday, provincial health administrator Dr Bonnie Henry reported 425 new cases of the virus. The death toll in the province remained unchanged at 273.

The majority of new cases were in the Fraser Health Region (268) and the Vancouver Coast Health Region (126).

Seven were on Vancouver Island, eight in the Domestic Health Region and six in the Northern Health Region.








Dr Bonnie Henry does not plan for COVID-19 restrictions in regional hotspots

Dr Bonnie Henry does not plan for COVID-19 restrictions in regional hotspots

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The number of hospitalized patients also rose to 97, the highest level since April 27. Twenty-four people were in critical or intensive care.

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There were 3,389 active cases and 7,519 people isolated due to exposure, two new historical records.

British Columbia performed 11,020 tests, with a province-wide positivity rate of 3.8%.

Henry called on people to go back to the “basics” of COVID-19: washing their hands, covering their mouths when coughing, and maintaining a physical distance.

And she again urged people to avoid indoor group activities and – when possible – visit in person only with their immediate family.

“Or at the most, your safe six,” she said. “The same group several times.”

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Health Minister Adrian Dix also had strong words for those who continue to hold social gatherings.

“The tide of COVID-19 is rising,” he said.

“When it comes to parties and home gatherings, the message is simple. Don’t throw them away. Do not go to them. When it comes to house parties, we should all say no to them.


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Despite the spike in the number of cases in the Lower Mainland, Henry again signaled resistance to the implementation of new area-specific health orders.

She also said there were no immediate plans to start cutting back on scheduled surgeries, despite the growing number of patients in the hospital.

“We’re not in danger, but it’s really a balance,” she said, adding that BC’s health care system was “well within” its expected capacity to respond. to new cases.

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There have been two new outbreaks in long-term care, while one outbreak at Queen’s Park Health Center has been declared over.

About 77 percent of British Columbia’s 16,560 cases have recovered.

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