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BC marks third highest daily COVID-19 case count

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:00 PDT, Wed August 12, 2020

Provincial health authorities announced BC’s third-highest COVID-19 case count in a single day since the start of the pandemic.

There were 85 new cases today, including two that are epi-linked. The new cases bring the provincial total to 4,196, of which 531 are active.

The majority of new cases are young people in the Lower Mainland, whose exposures have been at events in the community. These new cases reflect exposures from a week to 10 days ago, and a significant number of cases are also linked to travel from out of the province.

There was one new COVID-19 related death, for a total of 196. There were no new healthcare facility outbreaks, with active outbreaks continuing at seven longterm care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care facility.

There were also no new community outbreaks, but there continue to be community exposure events everywhere in the province and on flights into and out of BC.

Health officials said it’s important to refocus on measures to flatten the curve of infection, including contact tracing. They called the climbing case count “concerning,” and called on people to recommit to keeping gatherings small, having a designated contact keeper, limiting time with others, maintaining physical distancing and staying home if feeling unwell.

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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