British Columbia

B.C. announces 91 more cases of COVID-19 but no new deaths

There are 1,376 active cases of COVID-19 infection in the province, with 3,368 under active monitoring.

There are 1,376 active cases of COVID-19 infection in B.C.

Pedestrians wearing masks brave the rain in Vancouver, British Columbia on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

B.C. has confirmed another 91 cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours but no new deaths, leaving the provincial total at 227.

In a written statement, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Deputy Health Minister Stephen Brown said there are 1,376 active cases of people infected with COVID-19 in B.C.

Sixty-two people are in hospital,18 of whom are in intensive care.

Public health is actively monitoring 3,368 people across the province who are in self-isolation due to COVID-19 exposure.

There are no new health-care facility outbreaks or other community outbreaks, although there continue to be community exposure events. There are nine long-term care or assisted-living facilities and five acute-care facilities that have active outbreaks.

Three outbreaks have been declared over: Bear Creek Villa independent-living facility in Surrey, Normanna long-term care facility in Burnaby and an outbreak at the Loblaws warehouse in Surrey.

In their written statement, Henry and Brown said new cases of COVID-19 "remain higher than where we would like them to be."

"The impact of this means that thousands of people in B.C. are now under active public health monitoring and care, with many forced to deal with the stress and anxiety that comes with having to self-isolate away from work, friends and family." 

Henry and Brown urged British Columbians to continue to follow the COVID-19 basics, including frequent handwashing, physical distancing and limiting social interactions. 

On Wednesday afternoon, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to the nation in a rare televised address, outlining the federal government's pandemic recovery plan. 

In his address, he warned that Canada was at a crossroads, adding there can be no doubt that four of the country's provinces — Alberta, B.C., Ontario and Quebec — are in the second wave of COVID-19.

"We have the power to get this second wave under control. I know we can do it, because we've already done it once before," Trudeau said.

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