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Active COVID-19 cases in BC top 2,000

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:08 PDT, Fri October 23, 2020

Last Updated: 4:09 PDT, Fri October 23, 2020

One day after recording its highest-ever number of single-day COVID-19 cases, BC’s active case count has risen to yet another new high.

There are 2,009 active cases of the virus in the province and 4,637 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. Health officials also announced 223 new cases today, including five that are epidemiologically linked. The new cases bring BC’s total to 12,554. 

There are 75 people in hospital—an increase of four from yesterday—of whom 24 are in intensive care. There were no new deaths announced.

Health officials confirmed two new healthcare facility outbreaks, and declared four existing outbreaks over. In total, 16 longterm care or assisted living facilities and two acute care facilities have active outbreaks.

There have been two new community outbreaks—one at a Langley hot tub manufacturer and one at a processing facility in Surrey. There also continue to be exposure events around the province. 

Health officials said in recent days, there have been a number of new COVID-19 outbreaks in the community and in longterm care facilities. While contact tracing teams are working hard to help prevent further spread of the virus, it is important for everyone to do their part to help.

“This is our opportunity and the time to take a step back from our social interactions and keep our groups small this weekend,” said health officials. “In doing this, we show our appreciation and support for the important work of contact tracers.

“It is also the time to show kindness to those around us. None of us know the stories and experiences of those around us, so let’s make this weekend one of compassion and care for everyone.”

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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