(Dr. Bonnie Henry/BC Gov Flickr)

The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 19 new test-positive cases and 1 epidemiologically-linked case of novel coronavirus in the province today, bringing the total number of cases in B.C. to 2,869.

In total, 970 of test-positive cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 1,504 in Fraser Health, 131 on Vancouver Island, 199 in Interior Health and 65 in Northern Health region.

The number of active cases has increased by 17 to 179 in B.C.

There are now a total of 15 people who have been hospitalized with COVID-19, seven of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

Two additional deaths were reported today, both individuals in long term care facilities on the mainland, and the death toll now stands at 173 in total.

In good news, a total of 2,517 people have now recovered from novel coronavirus in B.C.

Of those who tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours, one person is a teacher at a public school in the Fraser Health region.

According to Dr. Henry, all of the contacts associated with that individual have been informed, and no students were exposed to the virus.

Outbreaks

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

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

The following are currently ongoing:

  • One outbreak at Holy Family Hospital, a long term care facility in Vancouver.
  • Three people tested positive for COVID-19 at Beresford Warming Centre, a shelter in the Fraser health region.

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 183,368 novel coronavirus tests conducted across B.C., 27,180 of which were done in the Island Health region.


See all the latest updates about the global COVID-19 pandemic on Vancouver Island


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 9,658,002.

Over 488,100 people have died from the illness and 5,245,257 have made a full recovery.

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