B.C. records highest ever daily COVID-19 case number, two new deaths over weekend

B.C. has reached a grim milestone with the highest ever daily number of confirmed COVID-19 cases so far.

One hundred people tested positive for the coronavirus from midday Friday to midday Saturday, breaking the previous highs set on April 25 and March 28, with 95 and 92 cases respectively.

From midday Saturday to midday Sunday, 88 cases were recorded in the province, with another 48 in the most recent 24 hours. It brings B.C’s total to 236 new cases over three days.

Two more people have also died from the virus, bringing the province’s death total to 198. Both of the people who died were in the Fraser Health region.

Four people remain in hospital, with three in the ICU.

In total, there have now been 4,594 cases in the province, with 3,653 people who have recovered.

Most of the cases are in the Fraser Health region. Seventy-four cases were from outside Canada.

Meanwhile, 743 cases are still active and 2,286 people remain in isolation.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is on vacation this week, so Health Minister Adrian Dix was joined by Dr. Réka Gustafson, deputy provincial health officer and vice-president of the Provincial Health Services Authority.

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B.C. recorded 84 new cases from midday Thursday to midday Friday, which continued to follow a troubling upward trend of 78 new cases from Wednesday to Thursday and 85 new cases from Tuesday to Wednesday, and pushed the number of active cases in the province to 626.

B.C.’s death toll from the virus remains at 196 people.

The number of British Columbians under “active public health monitoring,” meanwhile, climbed to 2,026, following a string of recent exposures at private parties, night clubs, restaurants and retail stores in the Lower Mainland.

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Officials have warned that if British Columbia continues on this trend, there will soon be more new cases of COVID-19 than at the pandemic’s previous peak.

The province’s latest modelling numbers, released last week, showed that cases will continue to rise into September if people don’t change their behaviour.

Henry said last week that the biggest concern continues to be indoor private parties and gatherings with people from outside their bubble.

“There’s some people out there who are trying to skirt the rules. They’re trying to find ways to get around things and hide things and we are trying to find them,” she said.

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