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Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise as concerns for 'respiratory season' take the forefront in B.C.

B.C.'s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides an update on COVID-19, Saturday, April 4, 2020.
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September 22, 2020 - 4:15 PM

Cases of COVID-19 are continuing on an upward trajectory, with 96 new cases announced overnight, three of which are in the Interior Health region.

There are now 8,304 cases in B.C. since the start of the pandemic, 1,465 of which are active. In addition, 3,314 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 6,589 people who tested positive have recovered, Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, and Stephen Brown, deputy minister of health, said in a joint statement today, Sept. 22.

Hospitalizations are now at 61, while 22 people are now in intensive care.

As has been the case since the start of the pandemic, fall and winter have been reframed as “respiratory season” by health officials and reminders that the worst of COVID-19 may appear for it was offered again.

"The start of fall is the time for all of us to regroup and reset our COVID-19 routines, and ready ourselves for the colder, wetter months ahead,” Henry and Brown said in the joint statement.

"As we move inside, the activities we choose to do and the layers of protection we use need to be adjusted to ensure we are protecting ourselves, our friends and family - especially those who are most vulnerable to severe illness.

"This means spending less time with others outside of our household bubble right now.”

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 2,984 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 4,254 in the Fraser Health region, 203 in the Island Health region, 511 in the Interior Health region, 266 in the Northern Health region and 86 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 227 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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