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B.C. reports another 78 coronavirus cases, 1,878 now in isolation

B.C. officials report 78 new cases of COVID-19, 578 active cases
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reports 78 new cases of COVID-19 and no additional cases on Thursday, August 13. This is the fifth-highest number of daily cases since COVID-19 came to B.C.

There were more troubling numbers for British Columbia’s coronavirus response Thursday, as the province announced another 78 new cases.

It’s the fifth-highest single-day total since the start of the pandemic and comes as health authorities in the Lower Mainland are reporting multiple exposure events at bars and restaurants around the region.

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Those exposures have swelled the number of people in self-isolation, reaching 1,878 on Thursday.

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The province is now dealing with 578 active cases of COVID-19, up more than 200 from this time last week.

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That includes a new outbreak at the Okanagan Correctional Centre involving three staff members.

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On the positive side, officials announced no new deaths. The number of patients in hospitals rose by one to nine, while the number in critical care dropped by one to four.

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In total, B.C. has recorded 4,274 cases of the virus, 3,500 of whom have recovered.