B.C. announces 2nd wave of COVID-19, as it confirms 499 new cases and 2 more deaths over the weekend
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Monday that B.C. is in the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, as she confirmed 499 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths over the weekend.
The new numbers bring B.C.’s active case total to 1,639.
“One can say that we are in our second wave,” Dr. Bonnie Henry told reporters Monday.
There have been more than 150 cases per day since Friday, with the largest single day total at 174 from Sunday to Monday.
Despite the increase in cases, Henry was quick to point out that the province is not seeing “exponential growth” and that most people in B.C. are doing everything right.
A total of 11,687 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began and 253 have died from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
There are 67 people in hospital, 19 of whom are in critical care. The province is actively monitoring 4,028 people who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
The health care system is not yet overwhelmed, Henry said.
Most cases are in young people who are not needing hospitalization, she said. The province is also seeing transmission happen within family groups and small clusters, with larger clusters happening in essential workplaces, she added.
That could change quickly if behaviours change, Henry said.
“It is possible that we could go into one of those rapidly increasing curves or waves,” she said. “We are in a tricky place right now.”
‘We’ve managed to relatively control our community spread’
There continues to be transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 across B.C. but the province is not recording new infections at the same rate as other parts of Canada, according to Henry.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Canada has passed 200,000, four months after the country reached the 100,000-case threshold.