COVID-19 cases starting to drop in B.C.

VICTORIA, B.C. – The number of COVID-19 cases in B.C. is starting to drop. Dr. Bonnie Henry says after a recen…

VICTORIA, B.C. – The number of COVID-19 cases in B.C. is starting to drop.

Dr. Bonnie Henry says after a recent spike in cases in Fraser Health, Interior Health, and Northern Health, the seven-day moving average shows cases of COVID-19 are dropping.  While that news is positive, the death rate in B.C. has increased in December, with the majority of the deaths happening in care homes affecting those over 70 years of age.

Challenges still remain in Northern B.C. with contact tracing.  Northern Health has said they are moving more people into contract tracing to help with the recent spike in cases.  With the shortage of contract tracers, health officials are struggling to trace where people are being exposed to COVID-19 in the North.

Most of the new cases have been in people between the ages of 20 and 39.  Cases in school-age children remain low and has followed the same trajectory as the rest of B.C.    Data shows that 90% of cases that have been linked to schools have not caused transmission in schools.  The transmission is still happening in the community at large and at family or social gatherings.

There were 518 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. on Wednesday, with 31 new cases in the Northern Health region.  Unfortunately, another 19 people died, bringing the total number of deaths up to 796.

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