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New COVID-19 infections drop in Burnaby during past week, data says

Data recorded from Sept. 11 to 17.
A COVID-19 test being conducted.

Newly detected COVID-19 infections fell in Burnaby in the past week, according to newly released government data. 

The BC Centre for Disease Control's (BCCDC) Graphic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence says Burnaby saw 19 cases from Sept. 11 to 17. 

The city recorded 29 cases from Sept. 4 to 10. 

Provincially, another 22 people in B.C. died from the disease in the week ended Sept. 17. That is up by six from 16 the previous week, which was the lowest total for any week since the province started providing data on a weekly basis in April. 

The number of hospitalized people in B.C. known to have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, has shrunk by nine, to 305 as of today (Sept. 22). That is the lowest tally for COVID-19 hospitalizations in B.C. since June 30.

Of those in hospital with the disease, 22 are sick enough to be in intensive care units (ICUs), one fewer than last week.

Despite the province reporting 22 new COVID-19 deaths, it raised its figure for the total number of people believed to have died from the disease in B.C. by 37, to 4,253.

The government said today that 637 new infections were detected in the week ended Sept. 17 – up by 63 from the 574 known new infections in the week ended Sept. 10. Given that there were said to be 15,724 official tests, that works out to a 4.05-per-cent positive-test rate, which is the lowest such rate since the week that ended June 11.

- with files from Glen Korstrom, Business In Vancouver

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