British Columbia has recorded one more death from COVID-19 and 63 other positive test cases since the last update on the weekend.
Speaking at her daily briefing on Monday, provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry said that the last person to have died from COVID-19 in British Columbia. is a man in his forties who died at home, even though he was known to be a carrier of the virus.
It is unclear why the patient was not treated in hospital.
“The coroners’ service, as with all sudden and unexpected deaths in the community, is investigating,” added Henry.
The latest cases, which were confirmed between Saturday and Monday, bring the provincial total to 1,266, although officials also announced that another 79 people have recovered from COVID-19, marking the third consecutive update in which recoveries have occurred. outgrown infections.
“Our percentage of new cases, as you can see, has slowed down,” said Henry. “This is really important, and it is a testament to the effort that everyone here in British Columbia has made in the past few weeks, but we must keep this solid firewall. “
Henry also announced on Monday that the number of long-term care homes and assisted living facilities facing local COVID-19 outbreaks has decreased to 21 from 24. Homes are not cleaned until they are finished. have not been free from new cases during two incubation periods. , according to health officials.
But there are also new COVID-19 outbreaks, including in a federal Mission prison, where two detainees caught the virus.
Health officials have stressed that everyone must continue to practice physical distance, regular hand washing and other precautions to keep the province on its current path.
“We continue to see clusters and epidemics in our communities and facilities, and these hot spots are of great concern,” said Henry. “They can quickly escalate and question our response, our ability to keep things under control. “
There are currently 445 positive test cases in the province. Among them, 140 people are hospitalized for the virus, including 72 in intensive care.
This is a developing story. It will be updated throughout the day.
A US sign language translation of today’s press conference is available on the province’s YouTube page.