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COVID-19 hospitalizations on the rise in BC

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:57 PDT, Tue October 27, 2020

One day after reporting new record-high daily case counts of COVID-19, BC is now experiencing increases in people hospitalized with the virus.

Seven more people are in hospital today—84 in total, with 27 in intensive care. There were no new deaths reported today.

Health officials also announced 217 new cases of COVID-19 in BC today, including two that are epidemiologically linked, for a total of 13,588. The number of active cases has remained stable, with 2,322 reported today and an additional 5,101 people under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

There were two new healthcare facility outbreaks, with active outbreaks now recorded at 21 longterm care or assisted living facilities and two acute care facilities. There were no new community outbreaks.

In their statement today, BC health officials reminded people that using layers of protection reduces the potential for the virus to spread. In addition to washing hands often and staying home when ill, protective layers include limiting time with people outside your household, keeping groups small, giving people the space to stay safe and if that is challenging, using a non-medical mask.

Health officials added that a mask can be especially helpful in public indoor spaces—including malls and grocery stores—where you don’t know the people around you and the risks they may have. But, they said public indoor spaces are “quite different” from schools, offices and businesses that have established learning groups and work cohorts, supported by detailed safety plans.

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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