Nearly 1,000 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. on weekend

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there have been 998 new cases recorded on Saturday, Nov. 7 (536) and Sunday, Nov. 8 (462).

There have been almost 1,000 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. in the past two days, with the majority again being in the Fraser Health region.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there have been 998 new cases recorded on Saturday, Nov. 7 (536) and Sunday, Nov. 8 (462).

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Of the new cases, 737 were in Fraser Health, 210 were in Vancouver Coastal Health, 28 were in Interior Health, 12 were in Island Health and 11 were in Northern Health.

There were also five COVID-19-related deaths on the weekend.

To date, there have been 18,714 cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 4,891 active cases, of which there are 133 people in hospital, 43 of whom are in intensive care.

Henry said there are 9,179 people being monitored as part of contact tracing, while 13,425 people have recovered from COVID-19.

In Interior Health, there are 128 active cases, with one person in hospital. While there have been a number of schools throughout the health region reporting exposures, there have been no COVID-19 exposures reported thus far in the Kamloops-Thompson school district.

There have also been two new outbreaks at Lower Mainland long-term care facilities. There are now 32 outbreaks in long-term care homes and five outbreaks in hospital acute-care wards impacting 715 residents and 535 staff members.

An outbreak has also been declared at the patient-care tower construction site at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, where seven workers have tested positive for COVID-19. The site was closed on Nov. 2 for cleaning before work resumed on Nov. 3.

During Monday’s press conference, Henry reminded the public about her new public health order for the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions, a two-week order that bans indoor gatherings of any size and restricts household gathering to family members/residents living in the residence. A number of indoor sports and fitness activities have also been banned for two weeks, activities that cannot be conducted without physical distancing, including yoga and spin classes. In addition, the order bans sports travel between health regions, while Henry issued a strong recommendation against recreation travel between health regions.

Henry said there have been exposures in schools, but very little transmission.

“So that tells us the layers we have in schools are working,” she said, noting the focus is on preventing spread in the greater community, from where the cases are now originating.

Henry added that she would like to see businesses across B.C. firm up their COVID-19 safety plans.

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