COVID-19: 10 new cases in B.C., no new cases in Island Health

COVID-19: 10 new cases in B.C., no new cases in Island Health
Province of BC
Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, on June 26, 2020.

B.C. health officials say there are 10 new cases of COVID-19 in the province as of June 26, bringing the provincial total to 2,878.

The numbers include a data correction of one case from Thursday’s report. 

None of the new cases are in Island Health, which has had 131 cases since the pandemic began. Of those, 125 have recovered and there have been five deaths.

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer released Friday’s numbers in a statement.

According to Henry and Dix, there are 159 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 2,545 people who tested positive have recovered.

Of the total COVID-19 cases, 17 people are hospitalized (two more than June 25), five of whom are in intensive care.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 969 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,514 in the Fraser Health region, 131 in the Island Health region, 199 in the Interior Health region and 65 in the Northern Health region.

There has been one new COVID-19 related death in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. The provincial COVID-19 death toll is now at 174.

There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks and the outbreak at Nicola Lodge has been declared over.

In total, five long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care facility have active outbreaks.

There have been no new community outbreaks. There are two remaining community outbreaks.

Earlier today, First Nations health officials say the COVID-19 pandemic has had only a modest effect on B.C.’s Indigenous communities – and the reason is rooted in history.

Dr. Shannon McDonald, acting chief medical officer for the First Nations Health Authority and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B-C’s provincial health officer, made those comments during a news conference this morning.

They say First Nations suppressed the spread of COVID-19 by relying on lessons learned centuries ago as diseases carried by outsiders decimated Indigenous populations.

McDonald says 87 cases of the virus have been reported among B.C.’s Indigenous peoples since January 1, with just four deaths –which she says is a sign of success.

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

Researchers with Johns Hopkins Univerity and Medicine say the number of known COVID-19 cases is now more than 9.6 million with more than 491,000 deaths. 

With files from The Canadian Press

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