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90 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. in one day, including 6 in the Interior

Deputy Provincial Health Officer Dr. Réka Gustafson
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August 21, 2020 - 4:22 PM

There were 90 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. in the last 24 hours, including six new cases in the Interior Health Region.

That kind of growth triggered new penalties announced earlier today for those who break public health orders and more encouragement from public health leaders for everyone to do more to stop the spread.

READ MORE: People violating COVID-19 rules are now subject to $2,000 fines

"COVID-19 prevention looks different in different places,” B.C.’s Deputy Provincial Health Officer Dr. Réka Gustafson and Health Minister Adrian Dix, said in a joint news release. “In public, around people we do not know, we focus on giving people more space. In workplaces and classrooms where we interact with people we know, keeping our groups smaller, staying home when sick and reducing very close face-to-face contact is the goal.”

The 90 new cases brings the provincial total to 4,915.

There have been 2,572 in the Fraser Health region, 1,569 in Vancouver Coastal, 417 in the Interior, 160 on Vancouver Island, 122 in the North and 75 among non-residents.

There are 894 active cases with 2,594 people being actively monitored by health authorities. There are 13 people in hospital, five of whom are in intensive care and 3,889 have recovered.

There were two new deaths bringing the provincial total to 202. Both were in the Fraser Health region.

The disease continues to spread in the community.

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