Vancouver Island went another day without reporting any new cases of COVID-19.
B.C. health officials reported 12 new cases of the deadly virus on Tuesday, June 30, however, none of those new cases are within the Island Health region, which covers all of Vancouver Island and parts north of the Sunshine Coast.
Officials also reported no new deaths from the virus today, meaning the number of people who have died from COVID-19 in the province remains at 174.
“British Columbians have flattened the curve,” the province said in a statement, adding. “Tomorrow, as we all celebrate Canada Day, we remind everyone to follow the rules for safe social interactions, limit your interactions and keep your bubbles small, maintain a safe distance from others and stay home if you are feeling ill.”
The province’s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Adrian Dix, the minister of health, have reduced the number of live updates on the COVID-19 situation in B.C. in recent weeks. There was no live update today as the two health officials announced earlier in the day that visitations to long-term care and assisted living facilities would be allowed to resume under strict new health guidelines.
Since the pandemic began, B.C. has reported a total of 2,916 COVID-19 cases. There have been 1,538 cases reported in the Fraser Health region, 981 cases reported in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 201 reported in the Interior Health region, 131 cases reported in the Island Health region, and 65 in the Northern Health region.
There are 152 active COVID-19 cases in British Columbia at the moment and officials reported no new healthcare facility outbreaks and no new community outbreaks today.
“The outbreak at Valhaven Home in the Fraser Health region has been declared over. In total, four long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute care facility have active outbreaks,” the province said.
A total of 18 individuals are hospitalized, four of whom are in intensive care. However, on a positive note, a total of 2,590 people have recovered from the virus.
As Canada Day nears, the provincial government is reminding everyone to be safe and limit their interactions with others.
“Tomorrow, as we all celebrate Canada Day, we remind everyone to follow the rules for safe social interactions, limit your interactions and keep your bubbles small, maintain a safe distance from others and stay home if you are feeling ill,” the province said. “While this will be a different Canada Day for all of us, there are many virtual celebrations being planned and other fun ways to safely connect with friends and family. By doing our part, we can continue to keep our curve flat and protect our communities and those we care for most.”