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Health officials: weekend caution needed to push COVID-19 curve down

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:52 PDT, Fri September 18, 2020

Last Updated: 3:54 PDT, Fri September 18, 2020

The increased number of COVID-19 cases in BC are “a direct result of how we spent our Labour Day long weekend,” said health officials today.

They said British Columbians have the knowledge, tools and resources to break the chain of transmission and push the curve back down.

“Always using your layers of protection and choosing to stick with your ‘safe six’ will help all of us this weekend and every weekend ahead,” health authorities said in an update.

They also announced 139 new cases, including seven that are epi-linked. Richmond recorded 28 cases between Sept. 11 and 17 according to recent data.

Health authorities also reported 40 historic cases that were tested between Aug. 11 and Sept. 16 for people who did not have personal health numbers. All these cases have been previously investigated and managed by Vancouver Coastal Health, but had not been entered into the data system. 

This brings the province’s total to 7,842 cases since the pandemic began. A record 1,803 of those are active cases, and 3,075 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

The number of people in hospital remains fairly steady, with 59 individuals hospitalized today, 20 of whom are in intensive care. Sadly there were three new COVID-19 related deaths for a total of 223.

There were no new healthcare facility outbreaks announced, and the second outbreak at Royal Arch Masonic Home longterm care facility has been declared over. In total, 10 longterm care or assisted living facilities and five acute care facilities have active outbreaks.

There have been no new community outbreaks, although there continue to be community exposure events.

For a list of the community notifications, including school notifications, 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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