New B.C. coronavirus cases surge to 50 ahead of long weekend
By Simon Little Global News
Posted July 31, 2020 6:03 pm
Updated July 31, 2020 6:14 pm
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British Columbia reported a troubling spike in new coronavirus cases Friday, as the province gears up for the B.C. Day long weekend.
The province confirmed 50 new cases of the virus, along with one new death at the Holy Family Hospital long-term care home in Vancouver. Five of the cases are epi-linked.
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.
It’s the second time in as many weeks that the number of new cases has topped 50, while the daily average has hovered around 30 in the weeks since B.C. entered Phase 3 of its reopening plan.
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Much of the growth in new cases in recent weeks has been tied to an ongoing outbreak in Kelowna — linked to private parties over the Canada Day long weekend — and an outbreak at a Fraser Valley fruit packing plant.
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