Health officials announce 139 new coronavirus cases in BC

Sep 18 2020, 3:50 pm

Health officials in British Columbia have announced 139 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of known cases in the province to 7,842.

In a written statement, on Friday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said that broken down by health region, this equates to 2,817 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 4,007 in the Fraser Health region, 196 in the Island Health region, 492 in the Interior Health region, 244 in the Northern Health region and 86 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

“We are also reporting 40 historic cases that were tested between Aug. 11 and Sept. 16 for people who did not have personal health numbers,” the statement said.

With the latest numbers on Friday, there are 1,803 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and “3,075 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.”

Currently, 59 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 20 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

There have been three new COVID-19-related deaths, for a total of 223 fatalities in British Columbia.

There have been no new healthcare facility outbreaks and the outbreak at Royal Arch Masonic Home long-term care facility (second outbreak) has been declared over. In total, 10 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and five acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.

“The cases we are seeing today are a direct result of how we spent our Labour Day long weekend,” said Dix and Henry in the statement. “Let’s break the chain of transmission and turn this trend around.”

A total of 5,797 people who tested positive have now recovered.

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