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COVID-19 case count drops below 30 for first time this week

COVID-19 case count drops below 30 for first time this week

Sophie Carrigan Gray

Local Journalism Initiative

B.C. saw a minor dip in the number of new COVID-19 cases today, with less than 30 new cases announced for the first time since Sunday.

Health authorities reported 27 new cases today, for a total of 3,419 cases in the province. Of those, 294 are active. This is down from the more than 300 active cases reported yesterday.

There was one further death reported today, bringing B.C.’s COVID-19 death toll up to 191.

The aftermath of exposures in Kelowna linked to Canada Day celebrations continue to appear. Interior Health reported an additional possible exposure at Fossello’s clothing store on July 18 and the morning of July 20.

“Public health teams are requesting the assistance of anyone who may have been exposed through community exposure to monitor themselves closely for symptoms, minimize time spent with others and get tested promptly if any symptoms arise,” said provincial health authorities in a written statement.

A new community outbreak was also reported today in Haida Gwaii. The outbreak currently has 13 confirmed cases, and is thought to have been contracted by a resident but exact exposure origins are yet unknown.

“While the initial source of transmission is still being investigated, the cases are all epidemiologically linked. Some are related residents who had recently travelled off island, and others are from exposure to known cases,” said the written statement.

Health authorities remain concerned about continued community outbreaks like this one and are urging people to assess the safety of gatherings before they attend.

“This weekend, be mindful of where you are going and who you are seeing, assess your own risks and take steps to protect yourself and those you care for most. Let’s keep our firewall strong and bend our curve back down,” said B.C.’s health authorities.

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