88 new COVID-19 cases in North Shore Coast Garibaldi Health Region

Number of new cases in two-week reporting period steadily increasing

The North Shore Coast Garibaldi health area has reported 88 new cases of COVID-19 in the two weeks ending Sept. 10.

That’s 20 more cases than was reported in the health region during the last two-week reporting period ending on Sept. 3.

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The number of cases in the province – particularly in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley - have been creeping up steadily in the past six weeks.

The North Shore Coast Garibaldi health area has reported 473 total cases since January. So far, North Vancouver – which has a number of long-term care homes – has reported the largest number of cases in the local health region.

The increase in numbers comes as the Squamish Nation has been working to control an outbreak of cases in the First Nations community on the North Shore.

As of Friday, 38 cases had been confirmed among Squamish Nation members in the two weeks prior. Of those, 27 have been cleared from isolation, while 11 of the cases remained active.

The Squamish Nation reported Friday that it will extend its administration office closure for a further two weeks and have all non-essential staff continue to work from home in light of the recent cluster of cases.

Young adults continue to be age group showing the sharpest increase in the number of new cases in recent weeks.

Of the total number of COVID-19 cases in the province, 23 per cent are among people aged 20 to 29 while 21 per cent are among people aged 30 to 39.

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