COVID-19 is on the rise in British Columbia.
Tuesday saw provincial health officials announce 97 new cases and a quantifiable surge in hospitalizations from the virus.
The active case count in B.C. has risen to 1,590 people currently battling the novel coronavirus. Current hospitalizations account for 67 of those people, of whom 20 are in intensive car –the rest are recovering at home in self-isolation.
As of Tuesday, there are 2,608 COVID-19 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), 3,784 in Fraser Health, 195 on Vancouver Island, 479 in Interior Health, and 225 in Northern Health– for a total of 7,376 cases province-wide.
"There has been one new health-care facility outbreak at OPAL by Element in the Vancouver Coastal Health region,” elaborated a joint statement by Health Minister, Adrian Dix, and Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry.
This means 11 long-term care facilities and three acute-care facilities are fighting COVID-19 outbreaks. Aside from that, there have been none in communities.
“As teachers and youth get back to the classroom, public health teams have been there and are working closely with schools to manage and contact trace any time a COVID-19 case arises,” urged the joint statement.
“This is time to get ready for the fall and winter seasons, to set the routines that ensure we stick with six people and avoid activities that will put ourselves and those we care for at risk.”
No new deaths have been associated with the disease for a total of 219 deaths in the province, the officials confirmed.
Previously, 5,548 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.
This article was originally published by Vancouver Is Awesome.