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BC passes 9,000 COVID-19 cases

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:20 PDT, Tue September 29, 2020

BC has recorded its 9,000th case of COVID-19, according to health officials’ update today.

The province passed the 8,000 mark just over a week ago. Health officials announced 105 new cases, including three that are epidemiologically linked, bringing the new total to 9,013.

There are 1,268 active cases in the province and 3,337 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases, both statistics that decreased from yesterday’s numbers. Currently, 69 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, 20 of whom are in intensive care. There was one new COVID-19 related death in Fraser Health, for a total of 234 deaths in British Columbia. 

There was one new healthcare facility outbreak at Haro Park Centre longterm care facility in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. In total, 14 long-term 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 around the province.

Health officials said we have to change special celebrations and gatherings this year, including Thanksgiving. Rather than travelling to see friends or hosting a large family dinner, make it small this year and plan to connect virtually instead, they said. Choosing to stay home and stay small reduces the potential for transmission of COVID-19.

BC has also extended its state of emergency through Oct. 13, which will be near the seven-month mark from when the original announcement was made.

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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