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COVID-19 cases average 30 over last two weeks

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 4:01 PDT, Fri July 31, 2020

In just the last seven days, the number of new COVID-19 cases around the province has nearly doubled.

Pointing to BC health officials’ repeated concerns this week, the statistic underscores the importance of safe behaviour. And provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has introduced a new “Good Times Guide” to encourage caution this long weekend.

The guide, available online, recommends safe social behaviour and other tips for preventing transmission of COVID-19.

In the two weeks before Canada Day, the new case count averaged 11.5 per day. But the numbers started to climb rapidly following the holiday, topping out at 51 between July 17 and 18. Over the last two weeks, the average case count was just over 30 per day.

Health officials announced 50 new cases today, including five that are epi-linked. ‘Epi-linked’ means that public health investigations have shown that cases meet the case definition for COVID-19 but may not have been tested for a number of reasons. The total number of cases in BC is now 3,641.

However, as with yesterday’s update, only five people are hospitalized. Two of those five are in intensive care.

There was one new death related to the virus for a total of 195. 

There was one new healthcare facility outbreak at Dania Home in the Fraser Health region. This is in addition to the existing healthcare outbreaks, one at a longterm care facility and one at an acute care facility.

There were no new community outbreaks, with public health teams continuing to support active outbreaks on Haida Gwaii and at Fraser Valley Packers in Abbotsford.

Community exposure events continue to occur across the province. But this long weekend, health authorities urge people to keep groups small and use layers of protection when socializing.

For a listing of community exposure events, click here.

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/ or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

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