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Health officials: vote safely during COVID-19 pandemic

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:56 PDT, Fri October 16, 2020

British Columbians are heading to the polls during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The upcoming provincial election, set for Oct. 24, has several options for safer voting, including by mail and in advance. BC health officials said anyone who is self-isolating due to COVID-19 or feeling unwell can still vote without going to a voting place, and people can call 1-800-661-8683 for more information or assistance.

Meanwhile, health officials today announced 155 new cases of COVID-19 today, including nine cases that are epidemiologically linked, for a total of 11,189.

As the number of active cases continues to rise, with 1,513 reported today, there are 3,713 people under active public health monitoring. That is an increase of 30 from yesterday’s record high.

The number of people in hospital has decreased slightly, with 72 reported today. Twenty-six of those people are in intensive care. Sadly, there was one new COVID-19 related death for a total of 251 in BC.

There were no new healthcare facility outbreaks, and one outbreak was declared over. In total, 15 longterm care or assisted living facilities and two acute care facilities have active outbreaks. There was one new community outbreak in Merritt, and exposure events continue to occur around the province. 

“Let’s all do our part to protect our communities this fall and winter, no matter what we are doing,” said health authorities in a statement. “Simple steps make a big difference in keeping all of us safe.”

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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