BC health officials said on Wednesday that 85 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the province, bringing the provincially recorded total number of cases to 4,196.
In a joint written statement, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and BC Health Minister Adrian Dix said that by specific health region, this equates to 1,273 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 2,203 in the Fraser Health region, 150 in the Island Health region, 394 in the Interior Health region, 104 in the Northern Health region and 72 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
There are 531 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and eight individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, five of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
Another COVID-19-related death has now been recorded as well, bringing the provincial death toll to 196.
A total of 3,469 people who tested positive have recovered.
Officials said there have been no new healthcare facility outbreaks in the region. In total, seven long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care facility have active outbreaks.
There are no new community outbreaks, but there continues to be community exposure events “everywhere in the province, and on flights into and out of British Columbia,” the statement said.
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Officials also noted that today’s numbers are “the third highest number of new cases we have seen in a day since the pandemic began,” and the majority of these cases are “young people in the Lower Mainland and their exposures have been at events in the community.”
The cases “we are seeing today reflect exposures from a week to 10 days ago. A significant number of cases are also linked to travel from out of province,” the statement said.
As such, “we need to refocus on measures to flatten the curve of infection and protect British Columbians as we help our province recover.We are watching the cases climb, which is concerning. We need everyone to recommit to using the skills we’ve learned. Keep gatherings small, have a designated ‘contact keeper,’ limit time with others, maintain physical distance and always stay home if you’re feeling unwell.”