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Behaviour during Labour Day long weekend behind jump COVID-19 numbers in B.C.

Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry
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September 18, 2020 - 4:04 PM

Another 139 B.C. residents tested positive for COVID-19 in B.C. in the last 24 hours, including three in the Interior Health region.

That’s below the record 165 cases announced yesterday and ties with the previous high a week early.

In addition, there were 40 cases from the Vancouver Coastal health region that had not been recorded in earlier reports so the total number of cases in B.C. as of today, Sept. 18, stands at 7,842, according to a joint statement released by Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry today.

The 40 cases were positive tests taken between Aug. 11 and Sept. 16 for people who did not have personal health numbers.

"The cases we are seeing today are a direct result of how we spent our Labour Day long weekend,” the statement reads. ”Let's break the chain of transmission and turn this trend around.

"No one intends to pass the virus onto friends or family, but it is very easy to do. It can take up to two weeks for symptoms of COVID-19 to develop and in that time, we can inadvertently spread it to others. That is why the actions we take as individuals today are so important to the well-being of our communities tomorrow.”

There have been three new deaths so that total is 223.

There are 59 people in hospital with COVID-19, 20 of whom are in intensive care, 1,803 active cases, 3,075 people who are being monitored and 5,797 people who have recovered.

There have been 4,007 cases in the Fraser Health region, 2,817 in Vancouver Coastal Health region, 492 in Interior Health region, 196 in the Vancouver Island Health region, 244 in the Northern Health region and 86 cases among non-residents.


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