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COVID-19 case count highest in months

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 3:38 PDT, Fri August 7, 2020

Last Updated: 3:42 PDT, Fri August 7, 2020

BC has recorded its highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases since late April.

Provincial health officials announced 53 new cases of the virus today, including three 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 last time the single-day increase was higher was on April 28, when 55 new cases were announced. Today also marks the third day in a row with an increase of more than 40 new cases. The total number of cases in BC is now 3,934.

“As we see new COVID-19 hot spots emerge and the new cases creep up in every health authority, we have to keep our firewall strong,” said provincial health authorities. “Like a wildfire, COVID-19 has the potential to rapidly burn out of control and we need to put out these flare-ups.”

Eleven people are currently hospitalized, four of whom are in intensive care. Fortunately, there have been no new virus-related deaths.

However, there was another healthcare outbreak in the Fraser Health region. In total, five long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care facility have active outbreaks.

There have been no new community outbreaks, but community exposure events continue to occur throughout the province and on flights into and out of the province. More than 1,500 people are self-isolating because they have COVID-19 or have had a high-risk exposure to the virus, which health authorities say is a concern.

Keeping bubbles small, using layers of protection and giving people space to stay safe are the keys to bending the curve back down, said health officials.

“We can make a difference and we know what we need to do, because we have done so already. We are calling on everyone to make COVID-19 safety our way of life—this weekend and every weekend.”

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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