B.C. has recorded 294 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past 72 hours as case number continue to trend upwards, to highs not seen since the spring.
Between Friday and Saturday, there were 86 new cases recorded, between Saturday and Sunday, there were 107 new cases recorded and between Sunday and Monday, there were 101 new cases recorded.
Four more people died from the virus over the weekend, all of whom reside in Fraser Health, with three of those deaths occurring in long-term care homes. Through Aug. 30, 208 people in B.C. have died from COVID-19.
There are now 1,107 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C., including 19 within Interior Health. There are currently 28 people hospitalized in B.C. with COVID-19, 10 of whom are in intensive-care units. There are no people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Interior Health.
In total, 5,790 confirmed cases of the virus have been recorded in B.C. since the pandemic began and 4,406 people have recovered.
By health authority, 3,042 cases have been within Fraser Health, 1,900 in Vancouver Coastal Health, 440 in Interior Health (seven new since Friday), 175 in Island Health and 154 in Northern Health. Another 79 cases were recorded in B.C. among people who reside outside of Canada.
There has been one new health-care outbreak, with one staff member ill at a care home in Fraser Health, but two outbreaks at Lower Mainland care facilities have been declared over, leaving a total of 10 active outbreaks in the health-care system — eight in long-term care homes and two in hospital acute-care wards. None are in Interior Health. There have been 725 people infected with the virus in health-care settings — 440 residents and 285 staff.
There are no new community outbreaks in B.C., but there is one new alert in Northern Health.
An outbreak at the Okanagan Correctional Centre in Oliver remains at seven cases — all among staff. Just two are still active.
The outbreak in Kelowna dating back to June 26 has been declared over as, according to Interior Health medical health officer Dr. Silvina Mema, who noted “the number of new cases per week has remained low for four weeks.”
As of Aug. 28, public health linked 171 cases of COVID-19 to the Kelowna cluster and noted two were still active.
The outbreak in Haida Gwaii has also been declared over.
There are currently 2,723 people being actively monitored by public health as they were in close contact with a known COVID-19 case.
Minister of Health Adrian Dix said the approximately 98 new cases recorded per day since Friday indicates “extraordinary work” by public health, noting 13,461 COVID-19 tests were conducted over these three days. That accounts for a test positive rate of 2.2 per cent.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said with September upon us, B.C. is now entering a new pandemic phase.
She said the increase in the number of new cases in recent weeks remains a concern, urging residents to ensure they do their part to keep transmission low.
Henry said that with the cool weather and flu season on the horizon, and a likely second wave of COVID-19 with it, people need to reduce their social interactions.
“And I need everyone to pay attention,” Henry said.