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BC health officials announce 549 new coronavirus cases since Friday

BC health officials announce 549 new coronavirus cases since Friday”

Those numbers include data from October 10-12.

"Today, we again report a daily new confirmed case figure over 1,000", said Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, "This situation is extremely concerning".

Henry says the higher case numbers are in part due to a backlog of testing cleared up at the end of last week.

State health commissioner Dr. Kristina Box also announced that she, an adult daughter and young grandson tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday.

Over the weekend, 1.39 per cent of all test results came back positive, below the two per cent threshold set by public health.

Currently, 77 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 24 of whom are in intensive care.

Age and chronic health conditions remain key risk factors for more severe COVID-19 illness.

Overall, there were 23 new cases found within Interior Health.

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There have been five new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 250 deaths in British Columbia.

"Despite what we wish was the case, COVID-19 is still a big and growing problem in Minnesota".

There are 20 ongoing outbreaks in the healthcare system, after four new outbreaks in the lower mainland were reported. The outbreaks at Cherington Place and Evergreen Hamlets have been declared over. Public alerts and notifications are posted on the BC Centre for Disease Control's (BCCDC) website and on all health authorities' websites. "In some cases, sport facilities have been closed", Doctor Henry explained.

Like many other activities that have restarted, provincial sports organizations and sports facilities require COVID-19 safety plans to ensure a safe return to sport.

Henry said guidelines prioritize players over spectators.

"The more time we spend with others in one area means we have to be careful about spending less time in another area".

Thirty-eight percent of Minnesota's lab-confirmed infections over the past week have come from unknown community sources, which is above the state goal of no more than 30% and an indication that the virus is spreading beyond the state's ability to track it.

It is important for all of us to think about our cumulative interactions.

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