As coronavirus cases climb, a call for people to 'pull back' from social interactions

The latest B.C. COVID-19 numbers: 8,208 cases, 5,972 recovered, 227 deaths. Dr. Bonnie Henry said the province is seeing a resurgence, while a second wave has been declared in Quebec.

An additional 366 British Columbians have tested positive for COVID-19 since Friday, including 16 in the Interior Health region.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, said 121 cases were confirmed between Friday and Saturday, 117 between Saturday and Sunday and 128 between Sunday and Monday.

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Four deaths were also recorded over the weekend — two in the Vancouver Coastal Health region and one each in Fraser Health and Northern Health — bringing B.C.’s COVID-19 death toll to 227.

As of Monday, 1,987 confirmed cases were active in B.C., Henry said, and an additional 3,233 people were under public health monitoring. A total of 5,972 British Columbia COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 4,211 cases in the Fraser Health region, 2,945 cases in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 508 cases in the Interior Health region, 255 cases in the Northern Health region, 203 cases in the Island Health region and 86 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

There are currently 34 cases in Interior Health, with one person in hospital.

Henry announced on Monday one new COVID-19 outbreak in B.C., in Yaletown House care home in Vancouver. There are no new community outbreaks in the province, she said, but exposure events continue to take place in communities across B.C. 

Henry used Monday’s media availability to encourage B.C. residents to take steps toward “pulling back” from social interactions for fall and winter.

“COVID-19 requires new routines and new boundaries to keep our friends and families safe this fall and winter,” she said. “The actions each of us takes today will help ensure that we are going to get through the next few months safely.”

After weeks of mostly triple-digit daily new case counts, Henry was asked whether it’s safe to say B.C. is in its second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We definitely are seeing a resurgence,” she said. “The important thing is, can we manage it? Can we keep it under control?”

Dr. Horacio Arruda, Quebec’s public health director, declare a second wave of COVID-19 had begun in the province after 586 new cases were announced from Sunday to Monday.

“I’m very, very, very worried by the situation, to the point where I consider that now we may be in a second wave, we’re in a second wave at its beginning,’’ he told a news conference in Quebec City.

Quebec announced tighter restrictions on public and private indoor gatherings as it raised the alert level for several regions of the province, including Montreal and Quebec City.

— with files from Canadian Press

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