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B.C. reports another 287 new COVID-19 cases, two new deaths

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B.C. health officials release a written statement with the daily COVID-19 numbers for Wednesday, Oct. 28. Legislative Bureau Chief Keith Baldrey explains why there has been a spike in cases in the Fraser Health Region and why the province seems to be in a safer situation compared to other provinces. – Oct 28, 2020

B.C. health officials on Wednesday reported 287 new cases of COVID-19 in the province and two new deaths.

The province has recorded 200 or more new cases of the disease caused by the coronavirus for eight straight days.

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Behind the positivity rate of B.C.’s COVID-19 testing – Oct 28, 2020

Of the new cases reported Wednesday, 189 were in the Fraser Health region and 69 were in Vancouver Coastal Health. Four of the cases were epi-linked.

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B.C.’s number of active cases dipped slightly for the second consecutive day to 2,316.

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Eighty-seven people are in hospital, 25 of whom are in intensive care.

The two deaths bring the province’s COVID-19 death toll to 261.

There have been 13,875 cases of the illness in the province, of which 11,244 have recovered.

Meanwhile, 5,358 people were in isolation due to possible exposure.

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On Tuesday, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported 217 cases of COVID-19 and repeated her expectation that masks are to be worn in indoor public spaces, including shopping malls, grocery stores, community centres and health-care facilities.

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This followed her new order a day earlier to limit gatherings in private homes to no more than your immediate household, plus your “safe six.”

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Public spaces indoors are different from schools, offices and businesses that have established learning groups and work cohorts supported by comprehensive COVID-19 safety plans, Henry added.

The top doctor is expected to hold a Thursday press briefing in Surrey to specifically address concerns around a rise in COVID-19 cases in the Fraser Health region.

— With files from Amy Judd and The Canadian Press