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Seventh straight day of more than 200 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.

Last Updated Oct 28, 2020 at 6:56 am PST

Summary

The province reported 217 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, as well as outbreaks at two more health-care facilities

The outbreaks are at care homes in Burnaby, the Felburn Care Centre and St. Michael’s Centre

Dr. Bonnie Henry again encouraged people to wear masks in public indoor spaces

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — The province reported 217 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, as well as outbreaks at two more healthcare facilities while extending B.C.’s state of emergency further.

It’s the seventh straight day of more than 200 new cases in B.C. The record, 317, was set on Saturday.

The outbreaks are at care homes in Burnaby, the Felburn Care Centre and St. Michael’s Centre, bring the number of actives ones at health facilities in the province to 21.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, in a statement with Deputy Health Minister Stephen Brown, reported no new deaths.

However, she again encouraged people to wear masks in public indoor spaces.

“A mask is especially helpful in public indoor spaces where you don’t know the people around you and the risks they may have. As a result, the expectation is that masks will be worn within public areas of healthcare facilities, shopping malls, grocery stores, community centres, and other public spaces – as you enter, exit and move around,” Henry said.

“Public indoor spaces are quite different from our schools, offices and businesses that have established learning groups and work cohorts, supported by comprehensive COVID-19 safety plans.”

Of the new cases, 145 are in the Fraser Health Authority, or 67 per cent.

COVID-19 cases in B.C. now total 13,588, while deaths remain at 259.

Of 2,322 active cases, 84 people are in hospital — up seven from Monday — while 27 are in critical care.

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Another 5,101 people are under active public health monitoring after being exposed to the virus.

Henry issued a new public health order on Monday, limiting the number of people who can gather in private homes.

“In addition to washing our hands often and staying home when ill, our protective layers include limiting our time with people outside of our household, keeping our groups small, giving people the space to stay safe and if that is challenging, using a non-medical mask,” she said.


Gatherings in homes are limited to those who live there and six others.

“Always using our layers of protection reduces the potential for the virus to spread and is an important part of our COVID-19 response in B.C.”

The state of emergency is extended through the end of the day on Nov. 10.