COVID-19 cases top 900 in North Shore health region

There have been another 66 cases of COVID-19 reported in past week in the North Shore-Coast Garibaldi health region.

Altogether, there have been 906 cases of the coronavirus reported in the local health region since the pandemic began Jan. 15, according to B.C.’s Centre for Disease Control.

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In the past two weeks, the number of new cases reported was 96 – a number that has remained quite stable throughout October.

The latest numbers come as the increasing number of daily case counts has prompted concern among public health officials.

In the past week, B.C. has been recording well over 200 new daily cases each day. The vast majority of new cases have been in the Fraser South health region, which reported 1,478 new cases in the two weeks ending Oct. 29.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, the province’s most senior public health official, has said most of the recent cases stemmed from gatherings in private homes, sometimes after formal celebrations like weddings and funerals have taken place.

The situation has prompted Henry to order that no more than six people outside of a household be present at gatherings in private homes.

That order also applies to Halloween parties, which Henry said should not take place.

Henry has also said that she expects people to wear masks in indoor public spaces although she did not make that an order.


 

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