COVID-19: Health officials announce 50 new cases, one new death

Five of the new cases were epidemiologically linked.

Dix and Henry also confirmed an outbreak at Dania Home, a long-term care facility in Burnaby. Of the total COVID-19 cases, five people are in hospital (no change from July 30), two of whom are in intensive care. The remaining 45 are new positive tests for COVID-19. Two long-term care facilities and one acute-care facility are now dealing with active outbreaks. One other such outbreak is ongoing at Holy Family Hospital in Vancouver.

The home is one of three facilities on the Dania Care society's care campus, which also has assisted living and independent living buildings.

Twenty-four of the new cases are in the Fraser Health region, 12 of the in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, nine are in the Interior Health region, two are in the Northern Health Region, one is on Vancouver Island and two are people from out of country. Henry and Dix said health teams continue to support the active outbreaks on Haida Gwaii and at Fraser Valley Packers Inc.

Young kids could spread Covid-19 as much as older children, adults
Researchers say the findings suggest that children could potentially be drivers of virus spread in the general population. None of the patients had heart problems before the virus or experienced heart symptoms while they had COVID-19.

The latter outbreak prompted the provincial government to announce Thursday that it would restrict non-resident travel to the archipelago.

Those precautions include keeping groups small, using "layers of protection" and ensuring there is enough space for people to maintain physical distance from each other, Henry and Dix said.

On Friday, the province released a website titled "Dr. Bonnie Henry's Good Times Guide", aimed at helping people recreate in a safe manner during the pandemic. The death was in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, bringing the province's death toll to 195.

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