Health officials are set to provide a Monday update on British Columbia’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic as the number of active cases in the province continues to surge.
B.C. officials report 132 new cases of COVID-19, 49 people in hospital
After another 132 new cases of the coronavirus were reported Friday, the number of active cases hit a new all-time high of 1,461. The number of people in hospital climbed to 49 — a level not seen since May 16. Ten people were in critical or intensive care.
The province’s death toll remained unchanged at 213.
Nearly 3,200 people remained in isolation due to possible exposure to the virus, the province said Friday.
Monday’s press briefing comes as students headed to school for their first full week of class.
The wildfire smoke smothering much of B.C. added another layer of concern about the already-fraught return to classroom instruction.
The B.C. Teachers’ Federation sent out a tweet Sunday night telling teachers to take a sick day if they were feeling any ill effects from the smoke.
The union expressed concern that teachers were being told to keep classroom windows shut to keep out the smoke when last week they were told to keep windows open to improve classroom ventilation.
“Teachers and students should not be in crowded classes with no ventilation or fresh air,” the BCTF tweeted Sunday.
The real test begins now as B.C. students begin their first full week of classes
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