B.C. announces 142 cases of COVID-19 as total surpasses 11000

Henrietta Strickland
October 17, 2020

Health officials across the world are unsure if there is a link between MIS-C and COVID-19, though many have been monitoring for the syndrome in children because it may be caused by COVID-19. Of these new cases, nine are epi-linked.

Henry says 16 children have been investigated for the syndrome in B.C.so far, but until now, none had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Officials say there has been one new community outbreak at the Tim Hortons in Merritt. While this has meant an increase in the overall number of confirmed positive cases, the active cases and percentage positive remain stable.

There were no outbreaks in healthcare to report, though, 19 are still ongoing. The outbreak at Kin Village has been declared over. leaving 15 active outbreaks in long-term care and assisted living and two in acute care units of hospitals. There have now been 239 cases discovered on Vancouver Island since the pandemic began.

British Columbia has now seen more than 11,000 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Thursday.

There are now 1,513 active cases of the coronavirus in the province, including 72 people who are hospitalized, 26 of whom are in intensive care.

Henry reminds British Columbians that the provincial election is just over a week away and that advanced voting is available throughout the province.

"The simple act of cleaning our hands can make a big difference in our lives and make sure that we are protecting each other and ourselves from COVID-19, but also for many other illnesses - everything from the things that cause stomach upset to influenza". She said sooner is better than later, but it's best to get a flu shot by late October or early November. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are 1,476 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 3,618 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases, and 8,974 people who tested positive have recovered. Of them, 9,257 people have recovered, the rate is 84 per cent.

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