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58 COVID-19 cases in B.C., more patients hospitalized

Last Updated Aug 25, 2020 at 4:56 pm PDT

FILE - Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry during a daily COVID-19 update on Aug. 24, 2020. (Courtesy Province of B.C./Flikr)
Summary

B.C. reports 58 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths, but more people are in hospital

Of the 5,242 confirmed cases in B.C., 4,114 patients have recovered

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — Fifty-eight new cases of COVID-19 were reported by the province in the past 24 hours, while more people are in hospital with the virus.

According to Tuesday’s daily update, another four patients have been hospitalized, now reaching 22 in total. Seven of those patients are in intensive care while the rest are in self-isolation at home.

Hospitalizations have seen a five-fold increase since Aug. 17, when four people were in hospital.

In a joint statement from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said there are 925 active cases, while 2,675 people are in self-isolation after coming into contact with someone who has the coronavirus.

“We know that COVID-19 is going to be with us for many months to come. As a result, unlike other viruses that have a vaccine, our focus is to keep new cases low and slow, and quickly contain new outbreaks as they occur.”

No deaths were reported, so the total remains at 203.


While Tuesday’s daily count is lower than it has been in the last week, B.C. surpassed its highest daily COVID-19 twice in August. Both times the announcements came on a Monday when the weekend’s single-day tallies were reported.

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Of the 5,242 confirmed cases in B.C., 4,114 patients have recovered.

Earlier in the day, B.C. saw the second-highest month for overdose deaths.

“Many people have lost fathers and mothers, sons and daughters directly to the illness. For others, as evidenced by the latest BC Coroner’s Service report on illicit drug deaths, an existing crisis has worsened as a result of the pandemic,” Dix and Henry said. “Our thoughts and condolences also go out to the families and communities of the 175 people we lost to the toxic street drug supply in July.”

Recent outbreaks and exposures 

Henry and Dix noted two outbreaks at health-care facility outbreaks in the Fraser Health region. One is at Bear Creek Villa and there one is at Langley Memorial Hospital, bringing the total of active health-care outbreaks to 10.

“There are no new community outbreaks, and the outbreak at Fraser Valley Packers Inc. is now over,” they added. “However, there continue to be community exposure events at other locations and on flights into and out of the province.”

Someone who works in the operating room at Royal Columbian hospital also tested positive, but that’s not considered an outbreak because this single exposure was likely in the community.


Meanwhile, a BC Ferries employee has tested positive for the virus and health officials are working contract tracing to find anyone who might have been exposed to the infected person.


There is also an exposure alert at the Privé Kitchen and Bar on Broadway and Oak Street. Anyone who was there Aug. 3, 6, 7, 8, 15, 16, and 17, during operating hours is asked to monitor for symptoms. But the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority says the risk is low.

-With files from Marcella Bernardo