Dr. Bonnie Henry/Photo by Colin Smith Takes Pics)

The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 21 new test-positive cases of novel coronavirus in the province today, bringing the total number of cases in B.C. to 3,149.

In total, 1,023 of the cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 1,659 in Fraser Health, 135 on Vancouver Island, 216 in Interior Health, 65 in Northern Health region, and 51 people whose residence is outside of Canada.

The number of active cases has decreased by two to 207 in B.C.

There are a total of 14 people who have been hospitalized with COVID-19, five 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 stands at 189 in total.

In good news, a total of 2,753 people have now recovered from novel coronavirus in B.C.

Outbreaks

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

One community outbreak is ongoing at the Krazy Cherry Fruit Co. in Oliver, B.C. after two people tested positive for COVID-19 at this farm.

Those who live and work on the farm are under restrictions to limit further transmission.

“We are concerned about the increase in new cases in recent days as COVID-19 continues to silently circulate in our communities,” reads a joint statement from Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Adrian Dix on Wednesday.

“While early on, many of our long-term care and assisted living facilities were impacted, most of the new cases are in the broader community.”

Dr. Henry urges people to check the HealthLink BC website for all 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 Tuesday, after two people tested positive on Friday, July 10.

Three new cases in the region were recorded last week, after just two people tested positive for the virus in the Vancouver Island Health region in the month of June.

Data for the region shows that there have been 135 total cases of COVID-19 in the area, five of whom have died, and 127 people have recovered.

This means there remain three active cases remaining in the region.

Thus far, there have been 221,097 novel coronavirus tests conducted across B.C., 32,539 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 13,652,755.

Over 585,400 people have died from the illness and 7,973,052 have made a full recovery.