B.C. reports 97 new COVID-19 cases as number of patients in hospital nearly doubles in a week
B.C. health officials reported 97 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, as the number of people in hospital with the disease caused by the coronavirus has nearly doubled in the span of a week.
Sixty-three people are in hospital — the highest total since May 12, a government statement said. A week earlier, there had been only 32 patients.
Twenty of those 63 patients are in intensive care, a number that has doubled since Friday.
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Meanwhile, the province reported no new COVID-19 deaths — just one day after reporting six new fatalities, including the first in the Northern Health region since the pandemic began.
B.C.’s COVID-19 death toll stands at 219.
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Tuesday also marked the first time since Aug. 27 that the province recorded back-to-back days with fewer than 100 new cases.
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