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BC records 10,000 COVID-19 cases

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 3:32 PDT, Thu October 8, 2020

BC has registered its 10,000th case of COVID-19 as of today’s update.

“Today, we’ve reached a threshold which is one that makes us pause,” said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. 

But she said the new case count is an “under-representation” of the virus’s impact, since early on there was less testing happening.

Henry reported 110 new cases today, including one that is epidemiologically linked. There were over 12,000 tests that took place in the last 24 hours. BC has recorded 10,066 cases of the virus to date.

There are 1,394 active cases and 3,139 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. Seventy-six people are in hospital, 17 of whom are in critical care. Sadly, there was one new virus-related death, bringing that total to 245.

There were no new healthcare outbreaks, and the outbreak at Milieu Children and Family Services in Surrey was declared over. There remain 17 active healthcare outbreaks, 14 in longterm care or assisted living and three in acute care.

There were no new community outbreaks, and the outbreak at the Teck coal mine in the interior of the province is now over. Community and school exposures continue to occur across BC.

“Please, no matter what the numbers may be, thank you for what you are doing, everyone in British Columbia,” said Henry.

She encouraged businesses to make it easy for employees to stay away if they are sick, and to have all employees screen themselves for symptoms daily. Tracking who is on-site and who they may have come into contact with can be a useful tool for contact tracers if COVID-19 cases do occur.

“Let’s make this Thanksgiving weekend one of gratitude, one of kindness,” said Henry. “Support your family by keeping your celebration dinner small.”

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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