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B.C.'s health minister stresses need to 'seal the cracks' COVID-19 exploits, as case counts soar

Last Updated Nov 3, 2020 at 8:01 am PST

FILE -- COVID-19 testing. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Summary

Health Minister Adrian Dix is urging British Columbians to do their part to try and get COVID-19 back under control

B.C. reported a record 1,120 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, breaking previous provincial records

The Fraser Health region continues to see a spike in cases

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As the second wave of COVID-19 continues to worsen and the weather grows colder, B.C.’s health minister is taking a serious tone, telling British Columbians to “get our own houses in order.”

His stern messaging came after the province recorded 1,120 positive COVID-19 cases over a three day period, shattering previous records.

Minister Adrian Dix said on Monday that six people had died over the weekend due to COVID-19 while hundreds partied and ignored the rules.

“Our desire to party together can sometimes be our greatest weakness. In a time of pandemic, those connections that we count on, our need to come together, are the things that COVID-19 seeks to spread,” he said.

He urged British Columbians to shrink their bubbles and keep them tight, to avoid crowds, and to focus on personal hygiene skills many of us have come to master in recent months.

Dix said it was vital for everyone to make certain social sacrifices now, so B.C. be prepared for the colder months and what that could bring.

“We are in a significant new phase of the pandemic and we must now act to what COVID-19 is doing in our province, to get our own house in order for the cold weather ahead,” he cautioned.

“We need to seal the cracks and close the gap that COVID-19 exploits to make us sick and to claim lives.”

Around 75 per cent of the new cases announced on Monday were discovered in the Fraser Health region, which has been a point of focus for weeks. The 830 new cases were reported in the area between Coquitlam and Hope from Friday to Monday morning.

The Capella Dance Studio in Chilliwack is closed after at least 26 people have tested positive in connection with an outbreak there. All close contacts have been asked to self isolate and Fraser Health says it will coordinate responses with impacted schools.

Meanwhile, nearly 7,000 people remain under surveillance across B.C.

Dix took time to acknowledge the hard work of contact tracers, hospital and long term care workers, as well as those working in grocery stores and on the frontlines as cases soar.

Ninety people are in hospital, 19 in intensive care, but Dix says record numbers of surgeries are still being performed.