The BC Centre for Disease Control reports that people in their twenties had the highest number of new COVID-19 in the province this week.
According to the British Columbia Weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Report for July 21 to 23, the age group with the largest number of new cases in the last week were 20-29 year olds, making up 83 of 222 new cases or a staggering 37%.
Cumulative incidence remains highest in the Lower Mainland. However, the largest number of new cases in the last week was reported by Interior Health. The report also states that the likely source of infection for most cases was contact with a local case or cluster.
Yesterday, Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry stated that, "COVID-19 can be a stealthy virus, silently moving around our province with far-reaching impacts and serious consequences.
“Outside or inside, visiting a friend or out for dinner, being around crowds of people, especially those you do not know, puts you at risk."
Henry reiterated that there should be no more than six people at tables in restaurants and that this guidance can also be used for other social activities.
“If you are faced with a large crowd, choose another spot to spend time with your friends. You can protect your household bubble, your family and close friends by being mindful of those around you and giving each other the space to stay safe."
Earlier this week, Vancouverites expressed their anger and frustration on social media after a massive crowd of well over 100 people congregated on Third Beach for a drum circle.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has ordered that no more than 50 people may gather at events, regardless of whether they are indoor or outdoor. However, videos and pictures from the gathering show a sprawling crowd of well above 50 people.
In addition to the number of people, the videos and images show that very few people were practicing physical distancing. What's more, very few people wore face masks, if any.
The Mass Gatherings Events Public Health Act does not apply to the presence of workers at a worksite when engaged in their work activities, or to customers in a mall or retail establishment. It also does not apply to individuals attending an episodic vending market or to individuals at a campsite, in a park or at any other outside location when not attending an event. Read HERE.