The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 28 new test-positive cases of novel coronavirus in the province today, bringing the total number of cases in B.C. to 3,198.
In total, 1,032 of the cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 1,676 in Fraser Health, 136 on Vancouver Island, 235 in Interior Health, 68 in Northern Health region, and 51 people whose residence is outside of Canada.
The number of active cases has increased by 15 to 207 in B.C.
There are a total of 18 people who have been hospitalized with COVID-19, two 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 2,802 people have now recovered from novel coronavirus in B.C.
One new health care outbreak was reported today at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver.
According to Dr. Bonnie Henry, fewer than 10 people were exposed to the virus and Vancouver Coastal Health is currently investigating how the virus reached the NICU.
One infant currently has contracted the virus and is not showing any symptoms but is being monitored.
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, a total of 35 people have tested positive for COVID-19 that are associated with events in Kelowna.
According to Dr. Henry, most of these individuals were in their 20s and 30s and the uptick in cases can be attributed to social gatherings. She adds that while young people tend to contract a less serious version of the virus, their ability to spread COVID-19 is still very high.
In light of these events, public health officials have been working with representatives in the Okanagan communities to form a plan to slow down transmission in that region.
One new COVID-19 case is also attributed with a worker from Alberta at the Site C dam in Northern Health region. That case is currently being monitored and the individual is in isolation.
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 Friday. Thus far, four people are reported to have contracted the virus in the region this month.
Data for the region shows that there have been 136 total cases of COVID-19 in the area, five of whom have died, and 127 people have recovered.
This means there remain four active cases remaining in the region.
Thus far, there have been 226,147 novel coronavirus tests conducted across B.C., 33,252 of which were done in the Island Health region.
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 14,142,591.
Over 597,600 people have died from the illness and 8,405,676 have made a full recovery.