Despite recording 358 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 72 hours, including more than 100 per day, the province is starting to see case counts levelling off.
Four people died of the virus over the weekend, all of whom reside in the Lower Mainland, bringing to 242 the number of people who have passed away from COVID-19.
There are now 1,353 confirmed active cases of COVID-19 across B.C. and 66 people in hospital, 16 of whom are in intensive care units.
There were 130 new cases of the virus reported from Friday to Saturday, 108 from Saturday to Sunday and 120 between Sunday and Monday, bringing the provincial total to 9,739 confirmed cases since the pandemic began.
In that time, there have been 4,980 cases in Fraser Health, 3,580 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 548 cases in Interior Health (up 13 from Friday, Oct. 2), 322 in Northern Health, 220 in Island Health and 89 amongst people who reside outside of Canada.
A total of 8,115 people have recovered from the virus.
“Each case is now transmitting at less than one person,” Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said, noting the reproductive rate has to be below one to contain sustained growth of the disease in a community.
“We have started to flatten our curve,” she said. “Now we need to bend it down.”
The Interior Health region — an area covering 215,000 square kilometres, with a population of more than 800,000 — currently has 19 active cases, with two people in hospital.
Over the weekend, there were three new outbreaks in care homes in the Lower Mainland — all involving a single infected staff member in each — and one that has been declared over for a current total of 16 long-term care homes and three hospital acute-care facilitates, that have active outbreaks.
There has been one new community outbreak at a distribution centre in Fraser Health, with other smaller exposure events in schools continue.