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Richmond's COVID-19 count up sharply

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 3:48 PDT, Fri September 11, 2020

Richmond has recorded 53 new cases of COVID-19 over the last two weeks.

That number represents a quarter of the 191 total cases recorded here since Jan. 1. The rise in Richmond cases corresponds with rapidly rising numbers across the province.

Health officials today announced 132 new cases across BC, the second-highest daily total behind yesterday’s 139. There are 1,461 active cases and 3,198 people under active public health monitoring as a result of exposure to known cases.

In comparison, one month ago there were 46 new cases, 472 active cases, and only eight people hospitalized with five of those in intensive care.

In just the last two weeks, the number of hospitalizations has doubled, with 49 people in hospital across the province today. Ten of the people who are hospitalized are in intensive care, a number which has slightly dropped since yesterday.

There have been 6,962 total cases in BC, a figure which has increased by nearly 3,000 over the last month. Fortunately, there were no additional deaths reported.

However, there was one new healthcare facility outbreak at Evergreen Hamlets longterm care facility in Surrey. In total, 14, longterm care or assisted living facilities and three acute care facilities have active outbreaks. There were no new community outbreaks, although there continue to be community exposure events.

“We have demonstrated kindness and compassion in the face of adversity and challenge, and this resilience will give us the strength for what lies ahead. Let’s continue to stand strong against our common foe that is COVID-19,” said BC health officials in a joint update.

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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