BC health officials report 53 new coronavirus cases

Aug 7 2020, 3:19 pm

BC health officials said on Friday that 53 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the province, bringing the provincially recorded total number of cases to 3,934.

By specific health region, Henry said this equates to 1,167 known cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 2,069 in Fraser Health, 147 on Vancouver Island, 389 in Interior Health, 93 people in Northern Health, and 69 from those who reside outside of Canada.

There are currently 386 active cases in the province, with 11 people in hospital as a result, and four of these in intensive care.

There have been no new deaths, however, leaving the provincial death toll at 195.

A total of 3,353 cases are now considered fully recovered in the province, as well.

There are no new community outbreaks but officials confirmed one new health-care facility outbreak at Derby Manor in the Fraser Health region.

“As we see new COVID-19 hot spots emerge and the new cases creep up in every health authority, we have to keep our firewall strong. Like a wildfire, COVID-19 has the potential to rapidly burn out of control and we need to put out these flare-ups,” stated Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

“Today, more than 1,500 people throughout our province are self-isolating, unable to leave their home unless it is to get medical care, because they have COVID-19 or have had a high-risk exposure to the virus. This is a concern and something we can change.”

“Now is not the time to relax and let down our guard. Let’s keep our bubbles small, use our layers of protection and give people the space to stay safe,” they added.

On Thursday, Henry confirmed that a recent party that occurred in the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) region has resulted in more than 40 individuals testing positive for COVID-19.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this article erroneously stated there were 54 new cases announced and nine people in intensive care. The article has been amended. 

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