Coronavirus cases surge to 50 ahead of long weekend

Henrietta Brewer
August 2, 2020

There are now 3,641 recorded COVID-19 cases in B.C. after the latest update from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Minister Adrian Dix this afternoon (July 31). The death was in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, bringing the province's death toll to 195.

The health authority says that a staff member at Dania Home has tested positive for coronavirus. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are now 278 active cases in the province, including five people in hospital, two of whom are in intensive care.

Twenty-four of the new cases are in the Fraser Health region, 12 of the in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, nine are in the Interior Health region, two are in the Northern Health Region, one is on Vancouver Island and two are people from out of country. This is the first outbreak declared in a long-term care facility since June 17. One other such outbreak is ongoing at Holy Family Hospital in Vancouver.

The statement from Henry and Dix did not indicate how many cases were associated with the Dania Home outbreak or how the virus was introduced to the facility.

Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus said that most of the world's people remained susceptible to the virus and that many countries are dealing with new outbreaks. Public health teams continue to support the active outbreaks on Haida Gwaii and at Fraser Valley Packers Inc.

"This weekend, let's play safe and stay safe while COVID-19 remains in our communities".

On Friday, the province released a website titled "Dr. Bonnie Henry's Good Times Guide", aimed at helping people recreate in a safe manner during the pandemic.

Workplaces should review their procedures and protocols for operating with COVID-19 guidelines in place, and people should avoid congregated areas, or places where safety precautions are not in place.

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