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Home gatherings to be avoided in Fraser Health as B.C. sees 299 COVID-19 cases

Last Updated Nov 3, 2020 at 5:46 pm PST

FILE -- Deputy Provincial Health Officer Dr. Réka Gustafson provides a COVID-19 update for B.C. on Aug. 17, 2020. (Courtesy Province of British Columbia/Flikr)

Health officials stress keeping social circles small while announcing 299 COVID-19 cases, three deaths

People in the Fraser Health region told to avoid all social gatherings in their homes

B.C. reports health-care outbreak, NEWS 1130 also learns White Rock Seniors Village a staff member has COVID-19

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — Gatherings continue to be a source of transmission, according to the provincial health officials as B.C. announces 299 new COVID-19 infections Tuesday.

“Today, much of the recent transmission is connected to social gatherings,” said B.C.’s Deputy Provincial Health Officer Dr. Réka Gustafson, in a joint statement with Health Minister Adrian Dix.

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She stressed the importance of keeping social groups small, especially in the region with the highest number of infections in B.C.

“This is particularly important in the Fraser Health region where public health teams are asking everyone to avoid all social gatherings in your home right now – even those that are within the restrictions of the provincial health officer order,” she said.

The day before B.C. reported its highest three-day case total, and over the Halloween weekend, massive crowds of people filled the streets of Vancouver’s Granville Street.

“Keeping our communities well means keeping them safe. It is about ensuring we have capacity within our health-care system, protecting those who are most vulnerable and continuing what’s important to our well-being in safe, responsible ways,” the statement reads.

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Three more people have died, though, which health region they lived in was not reported. Since the start of the pandemic, 272 people have died because of the virus.

One outbreak at Belvedere Care Centre in Coquitlam was noted by the province, which has confirmed 27 outbreaks in long-term care and two in acute care.

But NEWS 1130 has also learned a staff member at the long-term care wing of White Rock Seniors Village has tested positive and is now in isolation.

There is an outbreak at Capella Dance Academy in Chilliwack, as well.

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Other exposure events are posted by the BC Centre for Disease Control.

There are currently 92 patients hospitalized with the virus, 22 of them are in intensive care.

Active cases reached 3,017, and 6,888 people are under public health monitoring after coming into contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Cases total 15,800 in B.C., and 12,430 people who tested positive have recovered.

Fraser Health has seen 9,234 of the province’s infections during the pandemic. Vancouver Coastal Health is second at 4,993. There has been 270 cases in Island Health, 788 in the Interior, 425 in Northern Health, and 90 cases have been people who don’t live in Canada.