B.C. marks worrisome spike in new COVID-19 cases

There have been 102 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday

B.C. has seen a worrisome uptick in new COVID-19 cases in recent days, prompting provincial health officer Bonnie Henry to warn that “we do risk a rebound.”

B.C. had 51 cases confirmed in a single day, between Friday and Saturday, and 102 between Friday and today.

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“We have not had a hundred cases in a single time period (before),” Henry said. “This is worrying to us.”

On a positive note, there have been no new deaths to report, and there is only one long-term care home with active cases. There were as many as two dozen long-term care homes with infection earlier this year.

Many of the new cases are among people in their 20s and 30s, and are related to social events and parties in the Kelowna area. Most worrisome, said Henry, is the fact that in some cases, those who tested positive would have had contact with a relatively large number of people.

Henry added alerts have been issued for anyone who has flown recently in or out of Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna. She said anyone who has flown recently in or out of B.C. should check the BC Centre for Disease Control for bulletins.

Here are today’s COVID-19 numbers for Monday, July 20, with numbers from Friday July 17, the last reporting period, in brackets:

New cases: 102 (28)
Total: 3,300 (3,198)
Active cases: 253 (207)
Recovered: 2,858 (2,802)
Hospitalized: 16 (18)
Intensive care: 4 (2)
Deaths: 189 (189)

Confirmed cases by region:

Vancouver Coastal Health: 1,042
Fraser Health: 1,713
Island Health: 142
Interior Health: 280
Northern Health: 69



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