COVID-19 update for Sept. 21: Here’s the latest on coronavirus in B.C.

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3 p.m. – Health officials are set to share latest figures on COVID-19 in B.C.

Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix will update the number of COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries across the province.

4 a.m — Why experts say you shouldn’t show up for COVID testing if you are asymptomatic

In the first wave of COVID-19, the goal of testing was to cast the net wide, to find hidden cases and get a feel, Queen’s University’s Dr. Gerald Evans says, “for how broadly based the infection was in our society.”

In the past few months, many provinces have ramped up testing — labs across the country tested an average of 47,111 people daily over the past week.

But Evans and other experts say, if anything, provinces should now reel in testing people with no known symptoms and no known contacts. The focus should be on diagnosing people with symptoms, quickly.

Evans and others are less interested in the asymptomatic, no-risk contact people, “because they provide less information at this point in the pandemic, and we know we’re going to have lots of people now with common cold symptoms who are going to present for testing, and we need to be able to find the ones that are real COVID so we can control them with contact tracing and isolation.”

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