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Number of people being monitored by public health continues to rise

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:36 PDT, Fri September 25, 2020

While the number of active cases of COVID-19 in BC remains fairly stable today, there is a new record high figure of people under active public health monitoring.

The 3,533 people being monitored have been identified as being exposed to known cases. This number is an increase of more than 100 from yesterday’s total. There are 1,349 active cases in BC currently.

Health authorities also announced 98 new cases, including one that was epidemiologically linked, for a total of 8,641 in BC.

Currently, 62 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, 19 of whom are in intensive care. There was one new death related to the virus in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, for a total of 230 deaths in BC.

There was one new healthcare facility outbreak at the Peace Portal Seniors Village and the outbreak at Surrey Memorial Hospital has been declared over. In total, 10 longterm care or assisted living facilities and four acute care facilities have active outbreaks.

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

Health authorities said community wellness during COVID-19 means keeping new cases low and manageable while maintaining important connections with friends and family in a way that doesn’t put anyone at risk. With the arrival of cooler weather, now is the time to take a step back from connecting in person to staying connected in other, safer ways, they said. There are many virtual connection tools that offer opportunities for safe interactions with friends near and far.

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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