B.C. reports 29 new cases of COVID-19, no new cases in Island Health

B.C. reports 29 new cases of COVID-19, no new cases in Island Health
Province of BC
Chief Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides an update on COVID-19 on July 30, 2020. (Province of BC)

British Columbia health officials say there are 29 new cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, with no new cases in Island Health.

There have now been 3,591 cases in B.C. since the pandemic began, including 143 in Island Health, 1,076 in Vancouver Coastal Health, 1,865 in Fraser Health, 360 in Interior Health, 86 in Northern Health and 61 among people who reside outside of Canada (temporary foreign workers and visitors).

There are 242 active cases in the province with five people in hospital (down one from July 29), with two in intensive care. The hospitalizations are at the lowest number since March.

A total of 3,155 have recovered in the province.

There are no new deaths or community outbreaks as of July 30. There are also no new healthcare outbreaks. The death toll remains at 194.

And there are no new cases associated with the Haida Gwaii outbreak at this time, but Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, said there are some people still in the COVID-19 incubation period.

There are now 59 cases associated with the Fraser Valley Packers Inc. outbreak.

Henry once again reminded people that there is no evidence COVID-19 can spread on fruit and vegetables from a packing facility where there has been an outbreak. But people should always wash fruit and vegetables before consumption as part of regular food safety.

Also on Thursday, Henry thanked people for rejoining the effort to flatten the COVID-19 curve.

She especially thanked young people who have taken the message to heart.

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

“We all probably know someone who has bent the rules. Help them get back on track,” Henry added, reminding people to keep up the effort to flatten the curve as British Columbians head into the B.C. Day long weekend. 

And Health Minister Adrian Dix said B.C. Day can also stand for Break the Chain Day, Battle COVID Day or Bend the Curve Day to remind people to keep up with physical distancing and other safety measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.

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

And to see the B.C. Centre for Disease Control’s list of public exposures, including flights, go here.

According to researchers with Johns Hopkins University and Medicine, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide is now more than 17.1 million, with more than 669,000 deaths.

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Watch Dr. Bonnie Henry and Adrian Dix on July 30, 2020 below:

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