BC health officials announce 15 new coronavirus cases, five more deaths

May 15 2020, 4:00 pm

British Columbia health officials have announced 15 new test-positive coronavirus cases and another five deaths as a result of COVID-19.

In a joint statement on Friday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and BC Health Minister Adrian Dix said the total number of known cases in the province now sits at 2,407.

“Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19,” the statement said. “Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 878 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,164 in the Fraser Health region, 126 in the Island Health region, 181 in the Interior Health region and 58 in the Northern Health region.”

The new deaths bring BC’s coronavirus death toll to 140.

In addition, “there has been one new acute-care outbreak at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital. In total, 15 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and five acute-care units have active cases.”

Of the total number of cases, 51 individuals are hospitalized, 12 of whom are in intensive care.

A total of 1,908 people who tested positive for coronavirus are now considered fully recovered.