B.C. extends state of emergency, reports one death and 105 new cases of COVID-19

VICTORIA — The B.C. government is extending the province's state of emergency for another two weeks, allowing officials to continue using emergency powers to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

The move comes as B.C. reported 105 new cases of the illness and one new death on Tuesday, bringing the death toll to 234.

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The number of active cases ticked down to 1,268, including 69 people in hospital, while more than 3,300 people are being monitored after exposure to a known case.

There has been one new health-care facility outbreak at Haro Park centre, a long-term care facility in Vancouver.

In a joint statement, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and deputy health minister Stephen Brown are encouraging people to plan for small gatherings at Thanksgiving, rather than travelling or hosting a large family dinner.

"We have had to change our special celebrations and gatherings to keep the people we care about safe," they said.

B.C. has recorded 9,013 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic and 7,485 people who tested positive have recovered.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2020.

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