On Monday, the British Columbia Regional Health Officer reported 267 new cases of COVID-19 over a three-day period in addition to three new deaths.
Dr Bonnie Henry confirmed 68 cases from Friday to Saturday, 125 cases from Saturday to Sunday, and 74 cases from Sunday to Monday. Ten of the cases were related to epi.
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More than 21,000 tests were performed during the three-day period, and the test-positive rate was 1.23 percent.
Henry said the percentage of positive tests indicated that the Territory was giving tests to people who need them, and that rates of community transmission are still relatively low.
The three new deaths – one in the coastal area of Vancouver, one in Fraser Health, and the third in Island Health – bring the number of Covid-19 deaths in the county to 233.
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The daily number of new cases is down by nearly 100 from Monday, when the province recorded 366 new cases over three days.
There was also a decrease in the number of active cases in BCT County, with the county reporting 1,302 active cases on Monday, a 34 percent decrease from the same time last week when there were 1,987 active cases. Much of this drop came after a delay in reporting from Vancouver Coastal Health.
There are 69 patients with COVID-19 in hospital, the highest total since May 10.
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The number of people in intensive care increased by three to 22.
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In total, BC 8,908 has confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of these, 7,346 cases were cured, or about 82 percent.
More than 3,300 people are in self-isolation due to potential exposure.
The numbers come as Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford said Monday that his province is experiencing a second wave of COVID-19.
The Quebec government also moved three regions, including Greater Montreal and Quebec City, to the highest alert level for COVID-19, and imposed new restrictions on residents and businesses as cases soared. Prime Minister Francois Legault said the measures will go into effect on October 1 and remain in place for 28 days.
Henry urged British Colombians to be vigilant about social contacts before Thanksgiving and Halloween next month.
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“Contact tracing has shown that the main source of COVID-19 transmission in British Columbia is still now through events in which we communicate with others, whether in a private home or in a less controlled setting,” she said.
“We know that important celebrations – important events like weddings, birthdays, funerals and parties – have been driving this in the last few weeks.”
Henry added that while there have been many exposures in British Columbia schools, no transmission or outbreak events have occurred in the schools.
She said health authorities would “constantly” publish school notifications.
The comments come after Vancouver Coastal Health’s chief medical health official defended its policy to notify the public of school exposures only when necessary, in an effort to protect those who contract the coronavirus from stigmatization. Other health authorities publish all school offerings online.
When asked about reports of students gathering in large groups outside of school, Henry acknowledged that adapting to school during the pandemic is a challenge, but said students need to understand the importance of keeping social circles as small as possible.
“There has been some transmission in groups of children – young people who have been hanging out together outside of the school perimeter, and that is affecting the entire school community,” she said.
“So, parents and young people, let’s support each other so we stay young.”
– Files from Simon Little and The Canadian Press
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