B.C. reports 23 new cases of COVID-19, no new cases in Island Health

B.C. reports 23 new cases of COVID-19, no new cases in Island Health
Province of BC
Chief Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provide an update on COVID-19 on July 27, 2020.

B.C. health officials are reporting 23 new cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, with no new cases in Island Health.

There was also one new death reported Tuesday, in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. The COVID-19 death toll in B.C. is now at 194.

The number of new cases on Tuesday is a decrease from the average of 30 cases a day the province was seeing last week. There has now been a total of 3,523 cases in British Columbia since the pandemic began, including 143 in the Island Health region, 1,067 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,815 in the Fraser Health region, 358 in the Interior Health region, 80 in the Northern Health region and 60 cases of people who reside outside of Canada (e.g. temporary foreign workers and visitors).

There are 253 active cases of COVID-19 in the province as of July 28 and 3,076 people who tested positive have recovered. Nine of the active cases are in Island Health.

Nine people are in hospital with COVID-19 (down two from July 27) with three in intensive care.

There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks. One long-term care facility and two acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.

There are also no new community outbreaks. However, British Columbians are reminded to check the BC Centre for Disease Control and the health authority websites to see additional community exposure events around the province.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, and B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix released Tuesday’s numbers in a written statement while also reminding people to stay safe during the B.C. Day long weekend.

“Whether it is enjoying the local parks, staying at a vacation rental or out for dinner, keeping our groups small and maintaining safe distances will protect ourselves and those around us. And if you are in a vacation rental accommodation, whether a hotel room or houseboat, new provincial health officer orders mean you can have a maximum of five visitors and you must take down their contact information,” Dix and Henry wrote.

“Let’s make sure COVID-19 doesn’t take our summer away by taking steps to bend our curve back down, this weekend and every weekend.”

To see B.C.’s COVID-19 cases by day, recoveries and testing numbers, visit the B.C. COVID-19 dashboard.

According to researchers with Johns Hopkins University and Medicine, there are now more than 16.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, with more than 655,000 deaths.

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