Coronavirus cases surge to 50 ahead of long weekend

Henrietta Strickland
August 1, 2020

One new health-care facility outbreak has been reported in the Fraser Health region. The health authority says the staff member worked in one contained unit at the facility and did not work in other areas.

Five people are in hospital, two of whom are in intensive care.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix pleaded with British Columbians on Thursday to play it safe over the coming long weekend by keeping gatherings small and reducing contact with people outside their household bubble.

There have now been a total of 3,641 confirmed cases and 195 deaths from COVID-19 in B.C.

"The outbreak is limited to Dania Home, which is not connected to the other two facilities", Fraser Health said in a statement.

The home is one of three facilities on the Dania Care society's care campus, which also has assisted living and independent living buildings.

Five people remained in hospital Friday, two of them in critical care, and 278 cases remain active.

There are no new community outbreaks, and public health officials are monitoring outbreaks in Haida Gwaii and at a Fraser Valley fruit packing plant.

Haida Gwaii, meanwhile, remains closed to non-residents as locals continue to deal with the community outbreak affecting the northern island archipelago.

A staff member at a long-term care home in Burnaby has tested positive for COVID-19, Fraser Health announced Friday.

"We can make this B.C. Day holiday weekend one where we find the right balance: having those important social connections with our friends and family, while taking precautions to protect ourselves and those around us", the officials said.

Cases now total 3,641, with a recovery rate of 87 per cent.

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