BC health officials report 19 new coronavirus cases

Jun 17 2020, 3:22 pm

British Columbia health officials announced 19 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 2,775.

In a written statement, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix reported there are 185 known active cases of coronavirus in the province, and 2,422 people who tested positive have recovered.

Of the total COVID-19 cases in BC, 11 individuals are hospitalized, five of whom are in intensive care.

Henry said that broken down by health region, there are 946 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 1,438 in Fraser Health, 130 on Vancouver Island, 196 in Interior Health, and 65 in Northern Health.

There are no additional deaths to report and the total number of deaths in the province stands at 168.

“There have been no new community outbreaks and the outbreak at the Oppenheimer Group produce distributor has now been declared over. Public health teams continue to provide support for the four ongoing community locations,” said officials.

“There have been two new health-care facility outbreaks, at the Mission Memorial Hospital and Tabor Home in Abbotsford. The outbreak at Tabor Home and at the Maple Hill long-term care facility announced yesterday are connected to the outbreak at Mission Memorial Hospital.”

Henry and Dix added the “recent health-care outbreaks are very concerning and clearly demonstrate that COVID-19 remains in our communities.”

“Mission Memorial is a small hospital, which means services for the local community are now limited to urgent and emergency care only,” they stated.

“Public health teams are working hard to contain further spread. While we are monitoring the situation closely, we are hopeful that we have caught these outbreaks in the early stages.”