B.C. records 47 new cases of COVID-19 as officials call for compassion

VICTORIA — As COVID-19 remains in the community, B.C. health officials say so does the anxiety and stress that comes with the uncertainly and increased isolation.

A joint statement from Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says younger people may not understand why activities they enjoyed have been restricted, and they urged family members and friends to offer mental health support.

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The government announced 47 new positive tests of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases to 3,834.

There are 351 active cases of COVID-19, with nine people hospitalized and six of those are in intensive care.

There have been no new deaths since the province's last update and the toll stands at 195.

The number of confirmed cases in the Island Health region remains at 146. Of the four active cases in the region, one person is in an intensive care unit. Five Island deaths have been linked to COVID-19; 137 people have recovered.

Dix and Henry asked B.C. residents to treat the summer of 2020 as a time of consideration and care for others.

This report was first published by The Canadian Press on Aug. 5, 2020.

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