Coronavirus Canada updates: B.C. reports 11 new cases, declares one of its earliest outbreaks over

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Saskatchewan health officials announced that for the first time since June 7, the province has not identified a new COVID-19 patient in a 24-hour testing period. Saskatchewan labs completed 388 new tests for the virus, all of which came back negative. It’s the fewest tests its labs have administered in a day since June 9. Since the last time it reported no new cases, the province has seen its COVID-19 situation fluctuate. On July 7, it had its fewest active cases throughout the pandemic with 16. In July, Saskatchewan went through its worst stretch, which included a day where it recorded a record-high 60 daily cases. On July 28, the province had its most ever active cases with 322, as it dealt with outbreaks in communal living situations, which included Hutterite colonies. As of Tuesday, there are now 88 active cases in the province, since eight more people have recovered in Saskatchewan’s latest 24-hour stretch. One more person in their 70s has also died in the Central region, which increases the death toll to 23. On both Aug. 17 and Aug. 18, the province came very close to reporting no new cases. Health officials only reported one new case on both those days, despite completing 1,974 combined tests. Since then, the province has not recorded a double-digit increase to its total case count, as its active case count has also declined each day. On Aug. 24, the province dipped below 100 active cases for the first time since July 15. Of the 88 currently infected patients that remain in the province, 57 of them are among communal living settings. Four patients are currently in hospital
Saskatchewan health officials announced that for the first time since June 7, the province has not identified a new COVID-19 patient in a 24-hour testing period. Saskatchewan labs completed 388 new tests for the virus, all of which came back negative. It’s the fewest tests its labs have administered in a day since June 9. Since the last time it reported no new cases, the province has seen its COVID-19 situation fluctuate. On July 7, it had its fewest active cases throughout the pandemic with 16. In July, Saskatchewan went through its worst stretch, which included a day where it recorded a record-high 60 daily cases. On July 28, the province had its most ever active cases with 322, as it dealt with outbreaks in communal living situations, which included Hutterite colonies. As of Tuesday, there are now 88 active cases in the province, since eight more people have recovered in Saskatchewan’s latest 24-hour stretch. One more person in their 70s has also died in the Central region, which increases the death toll to 23. On both Aug. 17 and Aug. 18, the province came very close to reporting no new cases. Health officials only reported one new case on both those days, despite completing 1,974 combined tests. Since then, the province has not recorded a double-digit increase to its total case count, as its active case count has also declined each day. On Aug. 24, the province dipped below 100 active cases for the first time since July 15. Of the 88 currently infected patients that remain in the province, 57 of them are among communal living settings. Four patients are currently in hospital.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced on Saturday that an outbreak at Haro Park long-term care home has been declared over.

Haro Park was among the earliest COVID-19 outbreaks in a facility of its kind in British Columbia, with restrictions imposed March 18. According to Global News, the long-term care home recorded 89 cases and 13 deaths due to the virus throughout the pandemic.

As of Saturday, it’s been COVID-19 free for at least 28 days, which is the standard requirement to declare an outbreak over in B.C.

“We know that residents were severely impacted by COVID-19 very early on in our pandemic, so this is very good news and I’m relieved,” said Henry. “I want to express my gratitude and thanks to all of the care teams at Haro Park. It was a very challenging time, when we knew very little about this virus early on.”

The Evergreen House long-term care home’s outbreak has also been declared over, after restrictions were initially imposed in early-May. With no new breakouts reported in the past 24 hours, there are now 13 long-term care or assisted living facilities and one acute-care unit that have active COVID-19 outbreaks.

On Saturday, Henry also announced 11 new cases of COVID-19 in the province, increasing its total to 2,573.

For the second day in a row, British Columbia has not recorded a victim related to the respiratory virus.

Among its total cases are 2,181 people who have recovered from COVID-19, up by 11 since Friday. Of the 228 active cases, there are 35 individuals in hospital (up by one), which includes five in intensive care (down by one).

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