Four new COVID-19 cases in the north

Coronavirus case counts in northern B.C. continue to climb this week, with four more reported Wednesday.

It's the third straight day of notable increases in the region, bringing the Northern Health case count total to 104. Eleven of those cases have been reported this week, including three on Monday and four on Tuesday.

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There are now a total of 4,196 COVID-19 cases in B.C., up 85 from Tuesday.

"Today we are reporting the third highest number of new cases we have seen in a day since the pandemic began," Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement.

"The majority of these cases are young people in the Lower Mainland and their exposures have been at events in the community. The cases we are seeing today reflect exposures from a week to 10 days ago. A significant number of cases are also linked to travel from out of province."

The four newest cases in northern B.C. are not related to Haida Gwaii, which has been under a community outbreak alert since July 24. And there are at least 90 people who have recovered in northern B.C.

Across B.C., there are 531 active cases in B.C. including eight hospital, five of them in intensive care. 

Dr. Henry reported one new death in the past day, bringing the total at 196. 

The vast majority who have contracted the virus — 3,469 people — have recovered.

The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is a new respiratory virus first reported in Wuhan, China, on Dec. 31, 2019.

It causes a disease that has been named COVID-19. Its most common symptoms are dry cough, tiredness, and fever, but it can also develop into a severe and sometimes fatal pneumonia.

"Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds," the BC Centre for Disease Control says. "Using soap and water is the single most effective and preferred way of reducing the spread of infection."

Scientific research continues for an effective treatment and vaccine. 

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