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BC records 139 new COVID-19 cases, new high

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 3:43 PDT, Thu September 10, 2020

BC has recorded another record high number of new COVID-19 cases today.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced 139 new cases for a total of 6,830 since the pandemic began. There are 1,412 active cases including people in all health authorities. 

The number of hospitalizations has also risen to 42. However, the number of people in intensive care has gone down by one, to 14. And 3,109 people are under active public health monitoring, a number that continues to rise each day.

There were no new deaths reported, and no new healthcare outbreaks. Sixteen healthcare outbreaks continue, with 13 of those in longterm care or assisted living and three in acute care. There were no new community outbreaks reported, but community exposure events continue to occur.

Henry said if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in a school, this will be announced to the public “so that everybody knows what is going on as our school system goes back to normal—our new normal, and our new school.”

She also emphasized the continuing importance of frequent hand washing, keeping social interactions small and with known contacts only and always staying home when feeling ill.

“It is incredibly important to keep our community wellness and find that balance,” she said. “We need to work together now to push our curve back down.”

Health Minister Adrian Dix recommended British Columbians “stick to six,” meaning no more than six people in social situations including dining out and small gatherings inside homes. He said it’s important to maintain the same group of six people consistently, and that this group may be smaller if you live in a smaller home.

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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