COVID-19: B.C. records 155 new cases, one additional death

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 17, 2020

Health officials in British Columbia announced 155 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Friday afternoon, bringing the total number of documented cases in the province to 11,189.

There are more than 3,680 people under public health surveillance across the province after exposure to a known case.

Meanwhile, 74 people are in hospital because of COVID-19, with 24 in critical care.

Bonnie Henry says the province reported 170 new cases on Saturday (Oct. 10), 159 on Sunday, 119 on Monday and 101 on Tuesday.

There have been no additional outbreaks in health-care facilities over the last day, and the outbreak at KinVillage in Delta has been declared over, Henry and Brown said.

She says those who are self-isolating or feeling unwell can still vote without going to a voting place and should contact Elections BC at 1 800 661-8683 for more information or assistance. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

Additionally, there have been 89 cases of COVID-19 in B.C. of people who reside outside of Canada. In total, 17 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and three acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.

There have been no new community outbreaks.

Henry also dispensed some safety advice for British Columbians who are preparing to vote in the October 24 provincial election.

Alerts are posted on the BC Centre for Disease Control's (BCCDC) website, as well as on health authorities' websites, providing details on where the potential exposure occurred and what actions to take - whether you need to self-isolate or monitor for symptoms. In some cases, sport facilities have been closed. Similar to the approach in the recent National Hockey League playoffs, the plans have prioritized the players over the spectators, with restrictions in place in arenas and on the sidelines.

"The more time we spend with others in one area means we have to be careful about spending less time in another area".

It is important for all of us to think about our cumulative interactions.

Lead image: Signs encouraging COVID-19 safety and courtesy at the entrance to a Kimberley business.

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