BC announces 23 new coronavirus cases, three more deaths

May 6 2020, 1:54 pm

On Wednesday afternoon, British Columbia health officials announced 23 new test-positive coronavirus cases and another three deaths as a result of the virus.

In an update, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the total number of recorded cases in the province now sits at 2,255.

Broken down by health region, Henry said there are 852 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 1,046 in Fraser Health, 124 on Vancouver Island, 179 in Interior Health, and 54 in Northern Health.

Out of the total number of cases, 74 people are in hospital, with 19 of those in intensive care. A total of 1,494 people are now considered fully recovered, said Henry.

Seventeen outbreaks have officially been declared over.

Henry noted that in the last day, there were no new long-term care or assisted-living facility outbreaks In total, 17 facilities and five acute-care units have active outbreaks, with outbreaks now declared over at 17 care facilities.

“Public health teams are also providing support to a number of community outbreaks, actively contact tracing those who may be directly affected and their close contacts,” she said. “We are not yet ready to make any changes to the measures we have in place – just this week, new outbreaks have emerged.”

“Without continued vigilance,” she added, “hot spots will quickly flare.”

As such, “we must chart a safe path forward together – one that will protect our province and give us the confidence that we can stay safe while increasing our social connections,” said Henry. “We must also continue to show kindness and compassion to those around us, as we remain 100% committed.”