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BC marks second straight day of increased new COVID-19 cases

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 4:32 PDT, Thu August 13, 2020

BC’s new COVID-19 case count is high for the second day in a row.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced 78 new cases of COVID-19 today for a total of 4,274 in BC.

“Let’s be clear: higher case numbers put everyone at risk,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix.

Of the total, 578 are active cases. Nine people are hospitalized, four of whom are in critical care or ICU. There were no new deaths today.

There were also no new healthcare outbreaks, with active outbreaks remaining at eight facilities. There was one new community outbreak at Okanagan Correctional Centre, which was also the location of a small outbreak earlier in the pandemic. The current outbreak involves three staff members.

There are 1,878 people in isolation across the province who were identified as close contacts of people who have tested positive. Community exposure alerts continue to be issued for a variety of locations.

New modelling information shows a significant decrease in the median age of new cases, but a steady increase in new cases. The median age for hospitalization remains in the high 60s.

Most new cases are related to local clusters, which is why contact tracing is so important, Henry said. Finding someone quickly can prevent further spread of the virus.

“There are very few people that we don’t have a link to in the province,” she added.

While BC’s case count is starting to trend upward, Henry says it is within our ability to bend the curve back down again. 

For a listing of community exposure events, click here (EMBED LINK: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/public-exposures).

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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