Another record has been set for B.C.’s COVID-19 situation as the curve continues to go upward.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, alongside Minister of Health Adrian Dix, announced today (Aug. 25) there have been 58 new COVID-19 cases discovered throughout B.C. in the past 24 hours bringing the overall total to 5,242.
Among the new cases, Northern Health added one more for a new recorded total of 128 since the pandemic reached the region in March.
B.C.’s new active-case record now stands at 925 cases across the province.
This includes 22 in hospital and seven in ICU. There have been 4,114 people that have fully recovered.
Nobody has died in the last 24 hours from the virus and the fatality rate remains at 203.
“While we would all like to get to zero, we need to rather focus on prevention, detection and rapid response,” said Dr. Henry and Minister Dix in a joint statement.
“Living with COVID-19 in our communities also means being unrelenting in our commitment to support and care for each other; to reach out to our vulnerable neighbours, friends and family members.”
Currently, there are 1,683 people under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.
The breakdown of all COVID-19 infections in the province by region is 2,762 in Fraser Health, 1,683 in Vancouver Coastal, 425 in Interior Health and 168 on the island.
“We know that COVID-19 is going to be with us for many months to come,” Dr. Henry and Dix added.
“As a result, unlike other viruses that have a vaccine, our focus is to keep new cases low and slow, and quickly contain new outbreaks as they occur.
“Our recent daily cases are higher than many of us are comfortable with, so let’s continue to do our part every moment of every day and keep COVID-19 where it needs to be.”
– with files from Jess Fedigan, PrinceGeorgeMatters, and Glen Kordstrom, Business In Vancouver
Coronavirus: 51 new cases in Manitoba Sunday – CTV News Winnipeg
Provincial health officials have announced 51 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba.
This brings the province’s total number of lab-confirmed and probable positive cases to 1,880 since early March.
The current test positivity rate now sits at 2.2 per cent.
The new cases announced on Sunday include:
- One case in the Prairie Mountain Health region
- Eight cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region
- Two cases in the Northern health region
- Four cases in Southern Health–Santé Sud
- Thirty-six cases in the Winnipeg health
The province has 589 active cases and 1,272 people have recovered from the disease.
Thirteen people are in hospital with COVID-19, six of which are in intensive care.
The number of deaths in the province related to COVID-19 remains at 19.
On Saturday, 2,200 tests were performed, bringing the total to 178,067 since early February.
The municipality of Winnipeg will move to orange (restricted) on the province’s Pandemic Response System. Groups will be limited to people, both inside and out, for places that do not already have gathering size limits in place. Masks will be mandated in all public places.
Manitoba sees 51 new COVID-19 cases on eve of tightened restrictions – Global News
Public health officials in Manitoba are reporting 51 new cases of COVID-19 in the province Sunday, 36 of which are in the Winnipeg health region.
Eight cases have been identified in the Interlake-Eastern health region, four in the Southern Health region, two in the Northern health region and a lone case in the Prairie Mountain Health region.
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 2.2 per cent, down from 2.3 per cent on Saturday.
Thirteen people are currently in hospital with six in intensive care.
There are now 589 active COVID-19 cases in the province, 490 of which are in the Winnipeg region, according to provincial data.
The province is also warning of a possible school exposure at École Précieux-Sang on Sept. 18.
Public health officials say the virus was not contracted at school and the risk of transmission is low.
Another warning has been issued at Sisler High School after a possible exposure on Sept. 18.
Contact tracing at the high school is underway, with anyone identified as a close contact expected to be contacted and provided instructions for self-isolation by public health officials.
Starting Monday, people in Winnipeg and 17 surrounding metropolitan communities are required to wear masks while in indoor public places as part of ratcheted-up public health restrictions.
Gathering sizes will be pared down to 10 people both indoors and outdoors.
The new rules come after the province announced Winnipeg, along with the municipalities surrounding the city, will move to a level orange restriction Monday, under Manitoba’s colour-coded pandemic response rating system.
The new restrictions will be in place for at least four weeks, including Thanksgiving on Oct. 12, chief public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin said Friday.
Preliminary laboratory testing numbers show 2,234 tests were completed Friday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 175,867, the province said in a news release.
As of Sunday morning, the total number of cases in Manitoba is 1,880.
-With files from Erik Pindera and Elisha Dacey
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Montreal and Quebec City will enter red zone soon: Dubé – Montreal Gazette
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“They’re decisions that will be very difficult, but we have to make them,” Dubé said.
On Sunday, Quebec had 71,901 confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 4,937 were active and 5,825 had died. Of the active cases, 216 were in hospital, and of those 41 were in intensive care. The number of people in hospitals has increased 57 per cent in a week.
A total of 27,380 people tested on Friday, for a cumulative total of 2,260,835 people tested to date.
The rising number of infections underlines the need for people to forgo social gatherings, said Dr. Jay Kaufman, an epidemiologist at McGill University.
Get-togethers with friends and family functions are likely the main cause of the recent uptick in the spread of the virus, which is seeing its highest numbers since cases peaked in April and May, he said.
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