COVID-19: Health officials announce 68 new cases, expanded testing capacity

COVID-19: Health officials announce 68 new cases, expanded testing capacity

Health officials introduced Thursday that the loss of life toll from COVID-19 in B.C. experienced arrived at 200, as they confirmed yet another 80 scenarios of the disease and two extra deaths.

There are now 780 active cases in the province. In total, eight long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care facility have active outbreaks.

There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks. Out of these active cases, 11 people are in hospital, and four of these are in intensive care.

None of those were in the Interior Health region that was the focus of dozens of new cases since late June, leaving the Interior total at 411 while the provincial total has climbed to 4,825.

"It really is a extensive time to continue to be 100 per cent all in", he said.

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth is scheduled to give an update about compliance and enforcement measures under the province's ongoing state of emergency to combat the illness. So far, 198 British Columbians have died.

"Regardless of where we may be in our province, and what we may be doing, we have seen that indoor gatherings that are encouraging very close proximity tend to be an important source of transmission", she said.

While we still have much to learn about COVID-19, what we do know is that by continually monitoring for clusters, quickly managing new cases and containing the spread, we can protect our most vulnerable and keep ourselves, our loved ones and our communities safe.

This isn't good. B.C.'s COVID-19 curve is heading upwards again. New assessment and testing centres and extended hours of service have been added in the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions to address increases in demand. Another 2,452 people are being monitored by public health teams after exposure to known cases. Check back for updates.