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No new COVID-19 deaths in B.C. despite another big increase in case numbers

Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
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August 14, 2020 - 4:42 PM

COVID-19 continues to rear its ugly head in B.C. with another 84 new cases in the last 24 hours.

The good news for those in the Interior Health region is that it had only one of those cases, bringing the region’s total to 399. There have now been 4,358 in B.C.

There were no new cases at the Okanagan Correctional Centre in Oliver, leaving that total at three.

Thirteen people are in isolation in the Interior Health region with two people in hospital but not in intensive care. There have been 165 cases linked to parties in Kelowna that started on June 26. Eight of those cases are still active, according to an Interior Health news release issued today, Aug. 14.

Also on the good news front is the fact that there were no new deaths so that total stands at 196. There are 12 people in hospital and four in intensive care, according to a joint news release by health minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Many of the new cases are amongst younger people in the Lower Mainland.

“In the Vancouver Coastal Health region, ongoing surveillance and enforcement operations have resulted in the closure of several bars, restaurants and nightclubs following transmission events: some by public health order and others voluntarily,” the release states.

The province urges people to continue to safe distance and wash their hands in order to curtail the spread of the disease.

“We have it within our ability to make the changes we need to bend our pandemic curve back down and continue in our B.C. restart, but it takes the combined efforts of everyone, not just a few,” the release states.

“Keeping a safe distance from people you don’t know or who are not in your close group of family and friends is an important way to protect yourself from COVID-19 transmission. And always stay home and stay away from others if you have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild."

There are 629 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. with 2,026 people under active public health monitoring and 3,533 people have recovered.

There have now been 2,276 cases in the Fraser Health region, 1,354 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 150 in the Vancouver Island health region, 107 in the Northern Health region and 72 people who are non-residents.

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