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Active COVID-19 cases rise as nearly 3,200 British Columbians in self-isolation

Last Updated Sep 11, 2020 at 4:34 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

There are 1,461 active COVID-19 cases in B.C., while 3,198 people are in self-isolation

B.C. neared its record with 132 new cases, but no new deaths were reported

The recovery rate is at 75.7 per cent since 5,273 people who tested positive have recovered

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — As B.C. nears its record for daily COVID-19 cases, active cases have gone up and so has the number of people in self-isolation.

The province announced 132 new cases Friday, a day after surpassing previous records. Active cases jumped by 49 since the day before, bringing the total to 1,461, while another 89 people who came into contact with someone from the virus self-isolate.

In a joint statement, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said no one else has died from the virus, leaving the total at 213.

“We know COVID-19 has not been without challenge and loss. But we are working each day to find the balance of keeping new cases low and slow to protect those who are most vulnerable, while keeping our communities going,” they said.

Henry and Dix noted the newest outbreak in the health-care system, is at Evergreen Hamlets, a long-term care facility in Surrey.

RELATED: COVID-19 hospitalizations still rising in B.C.

While 49 people are currently in hospital, fewer are in intensive care in the last 24 hours. Hospitalizations have been on the rise recently and continued to increase over the week.


There aren’t any new community outbreaks, though, exposures continue to happen.

An updated list of COVID-19 exposures can be found here.

The recovery rate is at 75.7 per cent since 5,273 people who tested positive have recovered.

To date, 6,962 cases of the virus have been confirmed in B.C.