COVID-19 update for Sept. 22: 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.

12 a.m.– Four deaths and 366 cases in B.C. in past three days

There have been 366 new cases of COVID-19 reported over the past three days and four deaths.

The provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said there are now 1,987 active cases in the province, of which 60 are being treated in hospital including 21 in intensive care.

She said 121 cases were reported between noon Friday and noon Saturday, 117 cases between noon Saturday and noon Sunday and 128 cases between noon Sunday and noon Monday.

“We definitely are seeing a resurgence,” Henry said.

There have been 8,208 cases recorded in B.C. since the pandemic appeared here in late January and 227 people have died — mostly people aged around 85 with pre-existing health problems.

12 a.m. – COVID-19 symptom check in schools skips runny noses, sore throats, other symptoms

B.C. schools have recently adopted a new daily health checklist that has students and staff monitoring for “key symptoms” of COVID-19, but those don’t include basic signs like runny noses and sore throats.

The health checks, in use in school districts around the province, originate from an example the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) set out in a Sept. 11 guidance document for teachers and administrators. In that document, the BCCDC recommends anyone experiencing fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, loss of sense of smell or taste, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea should stay at home rather than come to school.
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