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Seven new Northern Health COVID-19 cases, no deaths in B.C. a second straight day

Nobody passed away from the virus since Tuesday (Sept. 22)
Dr. Bonnie Henry - June 11, 2020
Dr. Bonnie Henry is B.C.'s Provincial Health Officer. (via Flickr/Province of B.C.)

Northern Health remains on the trend for potentially 300 COVID-19 cases before the end of September.

Among 91 new positive tests across B.C. reported in the last 24 hours, seven were found in northern B.C. for a regional total of 273 since March.

Provincially, there are now 8,395 during the pandemic, including 1,376 active cases, 62 in hospital and 18 in critical care.

Fortunately, for a second straight day, nobody died from the virus since Tuesday (Sept. 22) and the toll stays at 227.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says there are now 6,769 people who've recovered from COVID-19, while a record 3,368 are under active public health monitoring as a result of exposure to known cases.

The B.C. government started releasing this statistic on a daily basis in August.

This has been true for a while, although the number has been growing.

In mid-August, around 2,000 British Columbians were under active monitoring from health officials, so the number is up by more than 66 per cent.

The breakdown of all known infections in B.C.'s other health regions are:

  • 3,016 in Vancouver Coastal Health (up 32)
  • 4,302 in Fraser Health (up 48)
  • 203 in Island Health (no change)
  • 515 in Interior Health (up four)
  • 86 people who reside outside Canada (no change)

Dr. Henry also said with the increase in active-monitoring cases, many are forcing to deal with stress and anxiety that comes with the pandemic.

“Each of us has the ability to make a difference by continuing to follow the COVID-19 safety basics: washing our hands frequently, giving the space to stay safe and using a mask when that is difficult, limiting our social interactions and always staying home when ill," Dr. Henry explained.

“By using the layers of protection, we reduce our personal risks and the number of new cases, and we make our communities safer.

“We want to ensure we are in the best position possible to protect our communities and keep as much as is safe open and operating during the pandemic. To do this, we need everyone to do their part today to help push our curve back down tomorrow.” 

In Northern Health, only two schools remain as potential exposures to COVID-19; one in Dawson Creek and one in Quesnel.

- with files from Glen Kordstrom, Business In Vancouver

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