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62 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C., including 4 more in Interior Health

B.C. health minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provide an update on COVID-19, April 14, 2020.
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August 26, 2020 - 3:39 PM

B.C. has added 62 cases to its ongoing COVID-19 count, raising the total since the start of the pandemic to 5,304.

Of these cases, 896 are active, and there are 2,730 people who are under public health monitoring due to exposure to known cases. An addition 4,199 people who tested positive have recovered, while 21 individuals are hospitalized, including seven in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is understandable that many people have had increased anxiety and concern for the well-being of their families and themselves," provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and health minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement.

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"For parents in particular, there is the added challenge of navigating a new approach to in-class learning that includes a number of additional public health protocols and precautions."

Today the Ministry of Education provided the latest updates on back-to-school plans.

"This has not been an easy task. We commend the many people who have put the time and effort into ensuring the best approach possible for our students, teachers and staff," they said.

"School will be new for everyone this year - just as how we spend time with friends and how we operate our businesses has required a different way of doing things than we have ever done before."

COVID-19 will be around for many months to come and, they said, new routines will be needed that can sustain families for the entire school year.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 1,699 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 2,795 in the Fraser Health region, 170 in the Island Health region, 429 in the Interior Health region, 133 in the Northern Health region and 78 cases of people who reside outside of Canada. Interior Health had 425 cases yesterday.

There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 203.

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