New community outbreak announced at Loblaws warehouse in Surrey

New community outbreak announced at Loblaws warehouse in Surrey

Provincial health officials announced 68 new cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia on Wednesday.

There are now 780 active cases in the province.

There are presently 11 persons in hospital, together with four in intensive treatment, a slight improve from a day previously.

However, among B.C.'s cases, 798 are active, which is a new record and 55 more people than the 743 previous plateau set just yesterday (Aug. 18). The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation. However, health teams continue to monitor the area and the outbreak has not been declared 100 per cent over yet.

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth is set to give an update Friday about compliance and enforcement measures under the province's ongoing state of emergency.

The good news is that there were no new deaths recorded, leaving the death toll from the virus at 198.

Health officials continue to ask British Columbians to avoid large gatherings and to keep social circles small.

Gustafson said in her press release that while no new "community outbreaks" have been detected, events cause COVID-19 exposures are still continuing.

Of greatest concern are indoor gatherings, often where alcohol is being consumed and people are in close quarters and don't necessarily know each other.

Before this week, the highest number of active COVID-19 infections in B.C. was 717, on April 28.

There were no new healthcare outbreaks, however a Loblaws distribution centre in Surrey is the latest community outbreak in the province after nine staff members tested positive.

There have been 2,532 cases so far in the Fraser Health region, 1,526 in Vancouver Coastal, 159 on Vancouver Island, 121 in the North and 75 non-residents.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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