British Columbia health officials announced eight new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 2,783.
In a press conference, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that one of the new cases is an adult who is “connected” with an independent school in the Fraser Health Region.
She noted, however, that no children have been affected by this, but as a precaution, the school has ended in-class instruction for the remainder of the year.
Public health teams are also “actively investigating” the case, and close contacts have been notified, said Henry.
“As the new health-care outbreaks demonstrate, COVID-19 can quickly spread, often undetected, resulting in multiple cases in multiple locations,” she said . “Every person who enters a facility increases the likelihood for virus to enter with them, regardless of the safety precautions that are taken. This is the challenge we face.”
Henry said that broken down by health region, there are 950 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 1,441 in Fraser Health, 130 on Vancouver Island, 197 in Interior Health, and 65 in Northern Health.
Of the total COVID-19 cases in BC, there are 190 active cases, with 10 of those individuals in hospital, five of whom are in intensive care.
A total of 2,425 people are now considered recovered, and Henry said there were no additional deaths on Thursday as a result of the virus.