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Active COVID-19 cases rising in B.C. as dozens more new infections reported

Last Updated Aug 14, 2020 at 10:28 pm PDT

FILE - Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Courtesy B.C. Government)

Active COVID-19 cases continue to rise in B.C. and have more than doubled since the end of July

The province reported 84 new cases, the fourth-highest daily count, but no deaths

An outbreak has been declared at Queen’s Park Care Centre in New Westminster

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Active cases in B.C. continue to rise and have more than doubled since the end of July, hitting 629 on Friday, while thousands of people are in isolation after coming into contact with someone who has COVID-19.

In a joint statement, Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry also announced 84 new cases, which is the fourth-highest daily total since the pandemic began.

“We have it within our ability to make the changes we need to bend our pandemic curve back down and continue in our B.C. restart, but it takes the combined efforts of everyone, not just a few,” they said, urging British Columbians to “hold the line,” heading into the weekend.

Since Wednesday, B.C. has seen 247 new cases. Before this, the highest three-day total was at the end of April.

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Meanwhile, 12 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19, and four of them are in intensive care. Dix and Henry said everyone else who tested for the virus recovering in self-isolation. As well, 2,026 people who have been exposed to known cases.

With no new deaths, the total remains at 196 in B.C.

So far, 3,533 of 4,358 confirmed cases have recovered.

One more health-care outbreak has been declared at Queen’s Park Care Centre in New Westminster. Outbreaks are still active at seven long-term care facilities and two acute-care facilities.

“There are no new community outbreaks. However, there continue to be community exposure events around the province and on flights into and out of British Columbia,” Dix and Henry add.

More information on exposure events can be found on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.

As more coronavirus cases have been linked to nightclubs, bars, and restaurants in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, Dix and Henry said ongoing surveillance will ensure public health orders are being followed.


“Remember that each new interaction outside your bubble holds a risk that you then bring back to your family and friends. In these circumstances, we must stand together, by staying apart,” Dix and Henry said.

They encourage British Columbians to help bend the curve back down, and “use our influence to bring our family and friends on board if they have strayed.”