Coronavirus Canada Udaptes: B.C. reports most cases in a 2-day stretch since May, possible COVID-19 exposure at strip club worsen

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Coronavirus Canada updates: Four cases in Nova Scotia this week after everyone else recovers
Coronavirus Canada updates: Four cases in Nova Scotia this week after everyone else recovers

Twenty new cases have been announced by B.C. health officials, a day after 18 cases were reported.

The 38 cases mark the most new patients the province has recorded in a two-day stretch since May 9.

“Things can quickly escalate once again if we let our guard down,” said B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Thursday.

No new COVID-19 fatalities were reported in the province’s latest 24-hour stretch, as the death toll remains at 186. There are now 175 active cases in the province, since 2,667 (up by seven since Wednesday) have recovered from COVID-19 out of B.C.’s 3,028 total patients throughout the pandemic.

Moving forward, Henry said they’ll be notifying the public how many cases there are that involve people who don’t permanently live in the province. So far, there have been 51 non-resident cases, primarily involving visitors and temporary foreign workers.

There are currently two active outbreaks in long-term care homes, and one in the acute care unit of a hospital. There are no community outbreaks, but health officials continue to warn people of possible COVID-19 exposures in the public.

Vancouver Coastal Health has expanded its COVID-19 notification about a possible exposure at strip club No5 Orange on July 1,3,4 and 7. Originally, one person who tested positive attended the club on Canada Day, but health officials have since identified a second case linked to No5 Orange, involving an individual who attended the venue on those dates.

Vancouver Coastal Health has closed the establishment to review its safety plan and ensure there is no further risk to the public. People who attended the club on those dates are being asked to monitor themselves for 14 days for symptoms.

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