BEFORE CHRIST. announces 10 new cases of COVID-19 and 1 additional death


BEFORE CHRIST. health officials have confirmed 10 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours and one more death.The province now has a total of 2,878 cases, of which 159 are active, said Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health official, and Minister of Health Adrian Dix in a written statement on Friday.

The new numbers include a correction from yesterday’s figures: the province has announced 20 confirmed cases, when there were actually 19.

A total of 174 people died from the virus in British Columbia. The latest death was related to the Vancouver coastal region.

Seventeen people are hospitalized, including five in intensive care.

There are no new outbreaks in communities and health facilities, and an epidemic at Nicola Lodge has been declared ended.

Six outbreaks persist, including five in long-term care and one in an acute care facility.

A total of 2,545 people recovered from COVID-19.

Earlier Friday, health officials said that First Nations communities in British Columbia. fared better during the pandemic compared to the rest of the province.

Eighty-seven people tested positive for the disease between January 1 and June 14, said Dr. Shannon McDonald, Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health for the First Nations Health Authority.

Four people died and there are only three active cases in the FNHA region. McDonald’s said 42 of the positive cases lived on or near a reserve.

The numbers come as the province enters phase 3 of its reopening plan and further relaxes COVID-19 restrictions.

This phase allows for “careful” travel across the province and the reopening of hotels, resorts, spas and RV parks. Some indigenous leaders say they should have been consulted before the announcement on Wednesday.

In their statement, Henry and Dix said that communities need to assess the risks and do what is right for them. The two said they recognized that measures to ensure the security of rural and remote communications were difficult.

“The need to put aside large cultural gatherings, maintain a safe physical distance and limit visitors has had a great social, mental and economic impact on many,” said their statement.

“It also reminds us of the resilience that First Nations communities continue to display despite the challenges.”


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