The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 rose to a four-month high on Tuesday as the province announced 97 new cases.
Sixty-three patients are currently being treated at the hospital for the novel coronavirus-induced disease, 20 of which are in intensive care, Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a written statement Tuesday.
There are 22 more people in the hospital than a week ago – the highest number of patients admitted to the hospital since May 12. BC now has 1,590 active COVID-19 infection cases, with 7,376 cases confirmed so far.
A total of 3,001 people are being monitored after being exposed to known cases.
No new deaths were reported, bringing the total death toll to 219.
A new expansion has been identified at Opal by the Retirement Facility Element in Vancouver. The facility is currently one of 11 long-term care or supportive living facilities facing COVID-19 outbreaks, along with three intensive care facilities.
The province is reminding British Columbians to monitor themselves for symptoms and stay home when they are sick to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Anyone with symptoms should contact 811 to make arrangements for testing.
“The time has come for all of us to take a step back, so we can move forward safely,” Henry and Dix said in a joint statement.
“To do this, we must do our part to break the transmission chains in BC.”
The cases are gradually increasing
In addition to the rate of hospitalization, the number of new COVID-19 cases in the province has steadily increased in recent weeks.
The latest numbers follow a terrible update on Monday Six deaths from COVID-19 Recorded over the weekend.
Monday is also the First Nations Alliance The petition was filed BC’s Privacy Commissioner has ordered the Ministry of Health to release data on COVID-19 cases that have been verified and umpired near their associations.
The Healtsuk Nation, the Nu-cha-nalt Tribal Council and the Tailkot’in National Government said they had data to protect themselves, maintain culturally secure contact tracing and “reduce the risk of racist interactions with the health care system”.