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

The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 18 new test-positive cases of novel coronavirus in the province today, bringing the total number of cases in B.C. to 3,008.

In total, 1,018 of the cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 1,589 in Fraser Health, 133 on Vancouver Island, 203 in Interior Health and 65 in Northern Health region.

The number of active cases remain steady at 162 in B.C.

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

Three new deaths were reported over the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 186 in total.

In good news, a total of 2,660 people have now recovered from novel coronavirus in B.C.

Outbreaks

No new health care outbreaks were reported today, and one outbreak at Tabor Home has been declared over, bringing the total to 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.

However a public alert was issued for a new community exposure event at the at the No. 5 Orange nightclub in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.

Anyone who visited the club on July 1, Canada Day, is asked to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, limit contact with others and contact 811 to arrange for testing if symptoms develop.

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

Island Health region

There were no new cases in the Vancouver Island Health region reported on Wednesday, 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 12,116,826.

Over 550,500 people have died from the illness and 7,003,860 have made a full recovery.