COVID-19: Health officials confirm 29 new cases, no new deaths

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A total of 3,591 people have tested positive for the coronavirus since the disease reached British Columbia, but 3,155 people have recovered. The death toll remains at 194 British Columbians, unchanged on Thursday, as Henry and Dix reported no new deaths.

There are 242 active cases in the province. Two people are in intensive care and there are now only five people being treated for the coronavirus in hospital – the lowest number since the start of the epidemic.

Henry stressed that the recent surge in cases has not resulted in “much of the fallout on the elderly, or in health care facilities and other settings where we know the risk is higher.”

Henry paid tribute to British Columbians, especially young people, for hearing from health officials when they began to voice their concern.

“Thank you for resetting and rallying our efforts to push our COVID-19 curve down and keep it low and slow in British Columbia,” she said.

Dix and Henry did not announce any new outbreaks in British Columbia health facilities or any new outbreaks in the community on Thursday.

There are now 59 cases linked to the outbreak at a blueberry packing plant in Abbotsford, although Henry recalled that there are no health issues linked to the consumption of fruits and vegetables.

“But I’ll also remind you that it’s important to wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating them,” she said.


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