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

The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 29 new test-positive and one epidemiologically linked cases of novel coronavirus in the province today, bringing the total number of cases in B.C. to 3,328.

In total, 1,043 of the cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 1,731 in Fraser Health, 140 on Vancouver Island, 291 in Interior Health, 69 in Northern Health region, and 54 people whose residence is outside of Canada.

There appears to be a data correction for the Island Health region as two cases previously reported yesterday have been removed from the total tally, bringing the number of cases in the region to 140.

The number of active cases has increased by 13 to 266 in B.C.

There are a total of 15 people who have been hospitalized with COVID-19, three 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 2,873 people have now recovered from novel coronavirus in B.C.

Outbreaks

One health care outbreak was reported last week at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, in which one infant tested positive for the virus.

An ongoing community outbreak at the Krazy Cherry Fruit Co. farm in Oliver, B.C. has had four people test positive for COVID-19. Those who live and work on the farm are under restrictions to limit further transmission.

Further, over 60 people have now tested positive for COVID-19 that are associated with private events and social gatherings in Kelowna.

In light of these events, public health officials have been working with representatives in the Okanagan communities to form a plan that aims to slow down transmission in that region.

See also: “We are on the edge”: Uptick in B.C. COVID-19 cases attributed to social gatherings

“Here in B.C., our curve is trending upward, and we need to bend our curve back down to where it belongs,” reads the statement from the Ministry of Health issued on Tuesday.

“Many of the new cases are a result of community transmission from an increase in social interactions this summer. This trend is a concern, but we can turn this trend around.”

Dr. Henry also 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

On Monday, there were six new cases reported in the Vancouver Island health region over a 72-hour reporting period.

This number has been corrected to four new cases, and no additional cases were reported on Tuesday.

Data for the region shows that there have been 140 total cases of COVID-19 in the area, five of whom have died, and 127 people have recovered.

This means there are now eight active cases remaining in the region.

Thus far, there have been 236,669 novel coronavirus tests conducted across B.C., 34,685 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 15,013,526.

Over 616,500 people have died from the illness and 9,025,891 have made a full recovery.

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