Active COVID-19 cases in B.C. rise again, at highest level in two weeks

There are now 1,384 people actively fighting the virus that has caused a global pandemic

While the number of people suffering with active COVID-19 infections in B.C. is down significantly from the record 1,987 infections on September 21, that number increased by 31, to 1,384 on October 6 – a two week high, and the third consecutive increase.

The active-infection number includes those who health officials have not deemed to have recovered, died or left the province without alerting authorities. 

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The BC Centre for Disease Control recorded 102 new infections on October 6, for a total of 9.841 people who have contracted the virus since it first was detected in B.C. in late January. Only 69 people were deemed to have recovered overnight, so there were 33 more new cases than recoveries. 

Two people died overnight, pushing the death toll from the virus up to 244 people. 

The province conducted 8,202 tests in the past 24 hours, for a positive-test percentage of 1.24%

The vast majority of the 1,384 people now suffering with the virus are self-isolating at home, although there are 71 people in hospital, with 16 of those in intensive care units. 

Here is a breakdown of all known infections in B.C. by health region:
• 3,612 in Vancouver Coastal Health (up 32);
• 5,038 in Fraser Health (up 58);
• 221 in Island Health (up one);
• 556 in Interior Health (up eight);
• 324 in Northern Health (up two); and
• 90 people who reside outside Canada (up one).

The three active outbreaks at B.C. hospitals are all in the Lower Mainland:
• Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey;
• St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver; and
• Delta Hospital in Delta.

There 16 outbreaks at seniors' long-term care or assisted-living facilities are at:
• Haro Park Centre long-term care facility in Vancouver;
• Banfield Pavilion long-term care facility in Vancouver;
• Point Grey Private Hospital long-term care facility in Vancouver;
• Harrison West at Elim Village in Surrey;
• Peace Portal Seniors Village in Surrey;
• Cherington Place long-term care facility in Surrey;
• Evergreen Hamlets long-term care facility in Surrey;
• Chartwell Crescent Gardens in Surrey;
• Langley Lodge in Langley;
• White Rock Seniors' Village in White Rock;
• Thornebridge Gardens in New Westminster;
• KinVillage assisted living facility in Tsawwassen;
• Milieu Children and Family Services Society community-living facility in Courtenay;
• New Vista Care Home long-term care facility in Burnaby;
• George Derby Centre in Burnaby; and
• Rideau Retirement Centre independent living facility in Burnaby.

"There have been no new community outbreaks, although there continue to be exposure events around the province," said provincial health officer Bonnie Henry and deputy minister of health Stephen Brown in a joint statement. 

"People are doing the right thing and, as evidenced by the latest modelling data, individual actions are making a difference for all of us to stay safe and strong in the face of COVID-19." 

gkorstrom@biv.com

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