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The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 12 new test-positive cases of novel coronavirus in the province today, bringing the total number of cases in B.C. to 2,916.

In total, 981 of the cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 1,538 in Fraser Health, 131 on Vancouver Island, 201 in Interior Health and 65 in Northern Health region.

The number of active cases has dropped by one to 152 in B.C.

There are now a total of 18 people who have been hospitalized with COVID-19, four of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

No additional deaths were reported over the weekend, and the death toll stands at 174 in total.

In good news, a total of 2,590 people have now recovered from novel coronavirus in B.C.

Outbreaks

No new health care outbreaks were reported today, and there are a total of four long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care facility outbreaks that are currently ongoing.

The outbreak at the Valhaven Home in the Fraser Health region has been declared over.

A number of community outbreaks were also declared over in the past few weeks and no new outbreaks were reported today.

Island Health region

On Monday June 22, Island Health reported the first new case of COVID-19 since early May, breaking the region’s streak of no active cases since the beginning of June.

This case was reported on Friday, June 19 by the Tsawout First Nation near Saanichton. The exposure is classified as “low risk”, and Vancouver Island Health Authority are investigating and reaching out to anyone who may have had close contact with the person.

Specific data for the Vancouver Island Health region shows that there have been 131 total cases of COVID-19 in the area and five people have died.

Data from the Ministry of Health shows that southern Vancouver Island has had 47 cases, there were 25 in central Vancouver Island, and 59 in the northern part of the island.

Thus far, there have been 192,432 novel coronavirus tests conducted across B.C., 28,229 of which were done in the Island Health region.


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The BCCDC has set up a 2019 novel coronavirus telephone information line at 1-833-784-4397 for those who have further questions about this disease.

Anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, should contact their primary care provider, local public health office, or call 8-1-1.

The Province has also created the 1-888-COVID-19  line to connect British Columbians needing non-medical information about the coronavirus pandemic.

As of the time of publication, the total number of COVID-19 patients worldwide has risen to 10,504,779.

Over 510,800 people have died from the illness and 5,727,650 have made a full recovery.