BC health officials report 217 new coronavirus cases

Clay Curtis
October 28, 2020

COVID-19 cases in B.C. now total 13,588, while deaths remain at 259.

The province reported 217 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, as well as outbreaks at two more healthcare facilities while extending B.C.'s state of emergency further.

The new numbers cover a three-day reporting period since Friday, with 317 cases recorded between Friday and Saturday, 293 cases between Saturday and Sunday, and 207 cases between Sunday and Monday.

The United States performed 7.7 million COVID-19 tests last week, of which 6.3% came back positive for the new virus, compared with 5.4% the prior week, according to data from The COVID Tracking Project, a volunteer-run effort to track the outbreak.

Henry issued a new public health order on Monday, limiting the number of people who can gather in private homes.

There are now 84 people in hospital, with 27 in intensive care.

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"Public indoor spaces are quite different from our schools, offices and businesses that have established learning groups and work cohorts, supported by comprehensive COVID-19 safety plans".

The provincial health officer also said it is now an "expectation" that British Columbians wear non-medical masks in public, stopping short of making them mandatory, as the province heads into cold and flu season.

There are now 2,322 active COVID-19 cases in B.C., with 84 people in hospital, including 27 in intensive care.

The new measures were announced in response to a continuing surge in COVID-19 cases in the province, much of which has been blamed on events such as weddings, funerals, gender-reveal parties and holiday get-togethers.

That spike in new cases follows a record-setting day on Wednesday, Oct. 21 when BC recorded 203 new cases.

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