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B.C. officials announce 236 COVID-19 cases over three days, says penalties coming

BY , Aug 18, 2020 1:55 AM - REPORT AN ERROR

(File) -  British Columbia's public health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry giving her views during a press conference. - B.C. government

Health Minister Adrian Dix says the B.C. government will announce stricter penalties this week for those who flout public health rules as COVID-19 cases climb in the province.

Officials announced 236 new cases since Friday during a briefing today, including the second highest single-day increase of 100 since the pandemic began.

Hospitalizations decreased from 12 cases to four.

Deputy provincial health officer Dr. Reka Gustafson says most of those testing positive are young, which suggests the province has done a relatively good job of protecting the most vulnerable.

However, she says young people are more likely to have mild infections and may not realize they have COVID-19 before they spread it to others.

She says anyone with even a slight symptom should stay home from work and gatherings, and anyone who has been advised that they've been in contact with a case should isolate for 14 days, even if no symptoms develop.

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