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

The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 74 new test-positive and seven epidemiologically linked cases of novel coronavirus in the province over the past three days, bringing the total number of cases in B.C. to 3,500.

Between Friday and Saturday, 36 people tested positive for the virus; 21 cases were reported between Saturday and Sunday; and 24 cases were reported in the past 24 hours.

In total, 1,064 of the cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 1,800 in Fraser Health, 143 on Vancouver Island, 353 in Interior Health, 80 in Northern Health region, and 60 people whose residence is outside of Canada.

The number of active cases has dropped by 30 to 264 in B.C.

There are a total of 11 people who have been hospitalized with COVID-19, three of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

Two new death were reported over the weekend, and the death toll stands at 193 in total.

A total of 3,043 people have now recovered from novel coronavirus in B.C.

Outbreaks

A new community outbreak has been reported at Fraser Valley Packers in Abbotsford, with 15 cases associated at the blueberry packing facility.

Another case has also been reported at the outbreak in Haida Gwaii, bringing the total number of cases on the archipelago to 14.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says that the latest case on Haida Gwaii appears to be linked to prior cases.

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Residents are urged 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

Only one new COVID-19 case was reported in the Island Health region from this past weekend.

There have been 143 total cases of COVID-19 in the area, five of whom have died, and 128 people have recovered. These numbers are consistent from Friday.

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

Thus far, there have been 253,873 novel coronavirus tests conducted across B.C., 37,199 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 16,618,573.

Over 655,000 people have died from the illness and 10,214,573 have made a full recovery.