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B.C. surpasses 10,000 COVID-19 cases

Last Updated Oct 8, 2020 at 4:01 pm PDT


More than 10,000 British Columbians have had COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic

Provincial Health Officer notes the total cases is an underrepresentation of the impact of the virus in B.C.

B.C. announced 110 new infections Thursday while reporting another person has died

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — More than 10,000 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in B.C. as of Thursday, when the province announced 110 new infections.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said with the new cases, there have been 10,066 since the pandemic began.

“We’ve reached a threshold, which is one that makes us pause,” she says. “And we know that’s an under-representation of the impact of the virus and that there have been more people, particularly early on when our access to testing was limited, who have been infected with this virus.”

She said it’s important to catch the virus early and continue flattening the curve, which the provincial health officer notes B.C. has been doing.

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“But as we’ve seen before, that can change very quickly,” she added.

One more death was reported in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, meaning there have been 245.

The day before, 12,052 COVID-19 tests were conducted.

COVID-19 outbreaks 

There weren’t any new outbreaks reported, and two have been declared over. The one at Milieu Children and Family Services Society, first announced in September, has ended, as has the one at Teck Resources Limited, a coal mine in Elkford.

There are 17 active outbreaks, with 14 in long-term care homes and three in acute care. So far, 900 infections have been confirmed in the health-care systems, 528 were residents and 372 were staff members.

Henry noted community and school exposures continue to happen. These are updated on the BC Centre of Disease Control. 

Of the total cases, 8,398 people fully recovered, with a rate of 83.4 per cent.

More people are under public health monitoring after coming in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus. There are currently 3,139 people quarantining

Seventy-six people are currently hospitalized because of the coronavirus. Seventeen of them are in critical care.