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B.C. sees 90 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths

Last Updated Aug 21, 2020 at 4:28 pm PDT

FILE -- Deputy Provincial Health Officer Dr. Réka Gustafson provides a COVID-19 update for B.C. on Aug. 17, 2020. (Courtesy Province of British Columbia/Flikr)
Summary

Two people passed away in the Fraser Health region, new cases were recorded in all heath regions in the province

No new community outbreaks have been reported, but 'community exposure events continue'

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Ninety more people in B.C. have tested positive for COVID-19, and two more people have died.

Both people who died were in the Fraser Health region, with new cases being recorded in all health regions.

No new community outbreaks have been reported but health officials are reminding British Columbians that “community exposure events continue.”

More than 2,500 people are being monitored due to potential exposure.

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“COVID-19 is going to be with us for the foreseeable future. What that means for British Columbians is that we are all learning to live our lives with the virus in our communities. Public health teams know what they need to do and so do you. We know that with appropriate protective measures, we can reduce the risk of COVID-19 and live our lives,” reads a joint statement from Adrian Dix and Dr. Réka Gustafson

The number of people now in hospital has risen to 13, with five in the ICU.

The recovery rate hovers at around 79 per cent.

Outbreaks persist at eight long-term care and seniors’ homes.