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B.C. reports 62 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths as active cases tick down slightly

August 26, 2020 - 3:49 PM

VICTORIA - Health officials in British Columbia are reporting 62 new cases of COVID-19.

In a joint news release on Wednesday, Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry say the number of active cases has gone down slightly from 925 to 896.

There have been no new deaths as a result of the illness, leaving the province's death toll at 203.

The health officials say 2,730 people are under active monitoring by public health workers as a result of exposure to known cases.

There are 21 people in hospital with COVID-19, including seven in intensive care, while 4,199 people who tested positive have recovered.

Henry and Dix also addressed the province's latest update on back-to-school plans, saying the blueprint is the outcome of people coming together in each school district to take established public health guidelines and apply them to meet the specific needs of each school.

"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," their statement read.

"With COVID-19 in our communities for many months to come, new routines will be needed that can sustain families for the entire school year."

There have been a total of 5,304 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C. so far.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 26, 2020.

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