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B.C. health minister says don't let COVID-19 flare up into major wildfire this weekend

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health mMnister Adrian Dix
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August 07, 2020 - 3:29 PM

The growing number of COVID-19 cases throughout B.C. is being compared to small forest fires that have the potential to flare into major conflagrations.

"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,” states a joint news release from health minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

“Like a wildfire, COVID-19 has the potential to rapidly burn out of control and we need to put out these flare-ups.”

There were 53 new cases in the last 24 hours, including five in the Interior Health region.

That brings the provincial total to 3,934 with 2,069 in the Fraser Health region, 1,167 in Vancouver Coastal Health region, 389 in the Interior Heath region, 147 on Vancouver Island Health region, 93 in the Northern Health region, and 69 out of province residents.

There have not been any new deaths. That total stands at 195.

There are 386 active cases and 3,353 have recovered, although 11 are still in hospital and four are in intensive care.

There has been an outbreak in another Lower Mainland long-term care home and “there continue to be community exposure events throughout the province and on flights into and out of British Columbia,” the release states.

"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,” the release continues.

“This is a concern and something we can change. We have been leaders in how to protect our communities and how to restart our economy. Let's continue to be the place that leads with kindness and compassion, that works together and keeps COVID-19 low and slow.”


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