More than 450 Abbotsford residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19 so far in 2020

Fraser Valley city has more cases than any other city outside of Vancouver and Surrey

More than 450 Abbotsford residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic first hit, making the city one of the most-affected communities in B.C., according to new data released by the province Thursday.

For the first time, the province reduced case figures by municipality Thursday.

They show that Abbotsford has been the third-hardest-hit city in all of British Columbia, with 454 cases diagnosed between January and July. Only Surrey and Vancouver, which have had more than 500 cases, have seen more residents test positive for COVID-19. But both of those cities have far more people than Abbotsford and lower per-capita rates of infection. The figures, notably, don’t include cases reported in August, when B.C. has seen a new spike in positive tests.

Among Abbotsford’s neighbours, 138 cases were detected in Langley, 30 in Chilliwack and 158 in Mission. Mission’s figure is predominantly due to the large outbreak at the federal prison in that community.

By August 27, more than 5,000 people in British Columbia had been diagnosed with COVID-19.

RELATED: B.C. reports 68 new COVID-19 cases, one death as it releases city-level data

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