(Dr. Bonnie Henry, Minister Adrian Dix/Photo by Colin Smith Takes Pics)

The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 20 new test-positive cases of novel coronavirus in the province today, bringing the total number of cases in B.C. to 3,028.

Starting today, public health will be pulling out the number of COVID-19 cases associated with people whose residency is outside of Canada and B.C. in order to understand the impact of travel during this pandemic.

This new method of reporting statistics slightly changes the regional breakdown of total cases in B.C..

In total, 982 of the cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 1,596 in Fraser Health, 133 on Vancouver Island, 201 in Interior Health, 65 in Northern Health region, and 51 people whose residence is outside of Canada.

The number of active cases has jumped by 13 to at 175 in B.C.

There are a total of 17 people who have been hospitalized with COVID-19, four of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

No new deaths were reported over the past 24 hours, and the death toll remains at 186 in total.

In good news, a total of 2,667 people have now recovered from novel coronavirus in B.C.

Outbreaks

No new health care outbreaks were reported today, and there are three long-term care facilities and one acute-care facility outbreaks that are currently ongoing.

All of community outbreaks in B.C. were declared over on July 2, and no new outbreaks were reported today.

Dr. Henry also urges people to check the BCCDC website for public alerts about possible exposures to the virus.

Those who may have been exposed are asked to monitor their symptoms, reduce the number of contacts they have, and call 811 to get tested for the virus if they do develop symptoms.

Island Health region

There were no new cases in the Vancouver Island Health region reported on Thursday, after one patient tested positive on Tuesday, July 7—the first new case in the region this month.

In June, just two people tested positive for the virus in the Vancouver Island Health region.

Data for the region shows that there have been 133 total cases of COVID-19 in the area, five of whom have died, and 126 people have recovered.

There are currently two active cases remaining in the region.

Thus far, there have been 205,637 novel coronavirus tests conducted across B.C., 30,095 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 12,348,684.

Over 555,800 people have died from the illness and 7,162,848 have made a full recovery.