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B.C. records more than 100 new COVID-19 cases for fifth straight day, two deaths

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Last Updated Oct 6, 2020 at 4:11 pm PDT

FILE - Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Courtesy Government of B.C., Flickr)
Summary

The province reported 102 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, and two more deaths

The daily case total is the fifth straight day of more than 100, and follows the release of fall modelling data

The new cases bring the total in B.C to 9,841 since the start of the pandemic

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — The province reported 102 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, and two more deaths — the ninth and tenth in the past week.

The latter has happened just one other time since the end of May, during a peak early July, when there were six deaths over a weekend.

The case total is the fifth straight day of more than 100, and follows the release of fall modelling data the day before, when Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry suggested the pandemic curve in B.C. is starting to flatten, again.

“People are doing the right thing and, as evidenced by the latest modelling data, individual actions are making a difference for all of us to stay safe and strong in the face of COVID-19,” she says in a joint release with Deputy Health Minister Stephen Brown.

“Public health measures are a part of our ‘new normal.’ As a result, we are starting to flatten our curve once again,” Henry adds.

“There is no question that what we do today directly influences the well-being of our communities tomorrow, so let’s continue to do our part to protect ourselves and each other – each day and every day.

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The new cases bring the total in B.C to 9,841 since the start of the pandemic.

The number of deaths rose to 244.

Of 1,384 active cases, 71 people are in hospital — an increase of five — including 16 in intensive care.

Another 3,089 people are under active public health monitoring after being exposed to known cases, while the recovery rate from COVID-19 in the province is 83 per cent.

No health-care facility outbreaks were reported, although those remain active at 16 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and three acute-care units.

Delta Hospital was partially closed on Monday due to a COVID-19 outbreak involving 35 patients and staff. Seven people have died from COVID-19 at Delta Hospital since Sept. 16, Henry confirmed.