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New COVID-19 infections in Burnaby went down in the past week, health officials say

Data recorded from July 31 to Aug. 6.
A COVID-19 testing site in Fraser Health.

New data released by officials says new COVID-19 infections in Burnaby dropped during the latest reporting period.

The BC Centre for Disease Control's (BCCDC) Graphic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence says Burnaby recorded 35 cases from July 31 to Aug. 6.

The city saw 45 cases detected from July 24 to 30. 

 In provincial news, the latest BCCDC situation report says there is 398 people currently hospitalized across the province with the virus. 

Of those, 22 are in intensive care units, which is the lowest number since June 16, according to B.C. government statistics. 

Data for new COVID-19 deaths includes anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 within 30 days and then died – a calculation that could include people who tested positive and then died in car accidents.

The province says there were 28 new deaths recorded during the week that ended Aug. 6.

B.C.'s COVID-19 death toll has risen to 3,995, up 55 from one week ago.

The government said today that 900 new infections were detected in the week ended August 6, although its data for new infections has also been widely dismissed. Even Henry, earlier this year, called the data for new cases "not accurate." This is because in December she started telling people who were vaccinated and had mild symptoms to not get tested and to simply self-isolate. She said at the time that this was to increase testing capacity for those with more serious symptoms and those who are more vulnerable.

Given that health officials conducted 15,332 new tests, the positive-test rate for the week is 5.87 per cent – the lowest since June. 

The cumulative total of known infections in the province has risen to 380,174.

- with files from Glen Korstrom, Business In Vancouver