COVID-19 B.C. update: 131 new cases since Aug. 7, no new deaths, 445 active cases, 9 in hospital

There have been two new reported cases in the Interior Health region, which now has had a total of 391 cases.

B.C. health officials have announced 131 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. in the past 72 hours.

The number of new cases announced between Friday and Monday totalled 50 between Friday and Saturday, 37 from Saturday to Sunday and 44 between Sunday and Monday.

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There have been two new reported cases in the Interior Health region, which now has had a total of 391 cases.

Elsewhere, there have been 2,139 in Fraser Health, 1,220 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 148 cases in Island Health, 96 cases in Northern Health and 71 cases among those who reside outside Canada. In all, there have been 4,065 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C. as of Aug. 10.

No new deaths were reported in the last three days, leaving the number of people in B.C. who have passed away due to COVID-19 at 195.

Of the province's 445 active cases, nine people are in hospital and three of those are in critical care.

There have been a total of 4,065 cases in B.C. since the pandemic began and 3,425 people who have recovered from the virus.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there are 1,765 people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 and they are being monitored by public health.

There were two new health care outbreaks over the weekend in Fraser Health for a total of eight active outbreaks in the health-care system — seven in long-term care and one in acute care. There have been a total of 673 cases associated with care homes and acute care wards involving 406 residents and 267 staff.

On Monday, Henry said there are no new community outbreaks, but noted public health continues to see exposure events occur in the province.

Henry said that collectively, the people of B.C. need to do better to stop the exposure events from happening, noting large gatherings and parties in which people are in close contact, often indoors with people they don’t know, are a concern.

She said there has been some parties broken up around the province and even some fines levied.

“If your friends invite you to a party and it doesn’t feel right, don’t go,” Henry said. “There’s no better excuse than a global pandemic to do the right thing and encourage your friends to do the right thing ,too.”

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