British Columbia health officials have announced another 18 COVID-19 cases in their province, as well as three other deaths from the coronavirus.
A total of 2507 people tested positive for the virus in British Columbia. since the start of the pandemic, and 155 people have died.
There are currently 310 active cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia, according to provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix.
Among these active cases, 41 people are currently hospitalized for the virus, including 8 in intensive care.
There have been no new outbreaks in healthcare facilities in the past 24 hours, and the outbreak in an acute care unit at Lions Gate Hospital has now been declared complete, health officials said.
There are currently 14 long-term care or assisted living facilities and two acute care units with active COVID-19 outbreaks in British Columbia.
Dix and Henry provided Friday’s update on the virus in a written press release, rather than a live press briefing. Henry will return for a live press conference at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The update comes at the end of a week that has seen British Columbia. transition to phase two of its reopening plan, easing restrictions on restaurants, lounges and other businesses that have had to close in order to slow the spread of the virus.
In their joint statement on Friday, Dix and Henry noted that the ban on gatherings of 50 or more people remains in effect during phase 2. Indeed, it was extended to apply to gatherings with a driver, said health officials.
“The order has been changed to also include no more than 50 vehicles for outdoor car events, with a restriction on the sale of refreshments,” they said. “Anyone who takes part in these events must stay in their car, unless they have to go to the toilet, which must be maintained with running water for good hand hygiene. “
The vast majority of those who tested positive for COVID-19 in British Columbia. since the start of the pandemic have occurred in the Lower Mainland, where 888 cases have been recorded in the coastal health region of Vancouver and 1,236 have been recorded in the health region Fraser.
Elsewhere in the province, there are 194 confirmed cases of virus at Interior Health, 127 at Island Health and 62 at Northern Health.
The increase in the number of positive tests in the interior and island health authorities is linked to the epidemic at the Kearl Lake labor camp in Alberta, health officials said. Nine people now included in the indoor health count have contracted the virus at Kearl Lake. The individuals have since completed their self-isolation in Alberta and have now recovered from the virus. Another person in the same situation is now included in the Island Health case count.
Health officials said the changes reflect “a consolidation of the data” which aims to show cases based on where people live, even if they were not part of that health authority during their illness.
A total of 2,042 British Columbia residents who tested positive for the coronavirus are now considered fully recovered. This represents more than 80% of all cases recorded in British Columbia.