Dr. Bonnie Henry provides update on the status of COVID-19 in British Columbia – BC News

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Another 12 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 24 hours in British Columbia, including one in the interior health region.

The new cases bring the total number of positive tests in the province to 2,479, including 183 in the HI region. As of Thursday, 307 active cases remain in the province after 2020 patients have fully recovered. Forty-three of these patients are treated in hospital, including eight in intensive care. Only one COVID-19 patient remains hospitalized in the HI region.

At a news conference on Thursday, provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry said three more people died from the virus, bringing the total number of deaths in the province to 152. The three new deaths were from Fraser and Vancouver Coast health regions and two resided. long-term care homes.

A new outbreak has been reported at the federal correctional facility at Matsqui Institution in Abbotsford, where an inmate has been diagnosed with the virus. Dr. Henry said the case was detected early and the person did not have much contact with others before the diagnosis.

Outbreaks remain in 14 long-term care homes and three acute-care facilities after an outbreak in a Vancouver nursing home was officially declared over. To date, 329 residents and 208 staff from these facilities have tested positive for the virus.

Dr. Henry said more than 40,000 Canadians are returning to British Columbia. international trips have been reviewed to ensure that they have appropriate isolation plans. Returning travelers still have to isolate themselves for 14 days upon return.

In addition, she added that of the 152 deaths from COVID-19 in the province, 62% were men.

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