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BC COVID-19 cases dip slightly, but hospitalizations continue to rise

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:56 PDT, Tue September 15, 2020

BC recorded just 97 new cases of COVID-19 today, the first back-to-back days of under 100 cases in weeks.

But the other data isn’t quite so reassuring. There are 63 people hospitalized, 20 of whom are in intensive care. This is double the number of hospitalized individuals recorded just a week ago.

There are 1,590 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 3,001 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. BC has recorded a total of 7,376 cases since the pandemic began.

Fortunately, there were no new COVID-19 related deaths recorded. But there was one new healthcare facility outbreak at OPAL by Element in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. In total, 11 longterm care or assisted living facilities and three acute care facilities have active outbreaks.

There were no new community outbreaks, although there continue to be community exposure events.

Provincial health authorities continue to encourage everyone to take a step back so BC can move forward safely. This means holding steady with layers of protection, keeping safe distances, washing hands, staying home, and staying away from others when ill and have symptoms of COVID-19, we must all do our part. 

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should contact 811 to arrange to get tested. Testing allows for rapid contact tracing, health officials said, and helps to prevent community spread. As teachers and youth get back to the classroom, public health teams have been there and are working closely with schools to manage and contact trace any time a COVID-19 case arises.

For a list 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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