BC health officials report 14 new coronavirus cases, one additional death

Jun 24 2020, 3:35 pm

BC health officials confirmed 14 new coronavirus cases in the province on Wednesday along with one additional death related to the virus.

These latest cases bring the total number of recorded cases in the province to 2,849, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix confirmed in a written statement Wednesday afternoon.

Broken down by health region, this equates to 963 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 1,491 in Fraser Health, 131 on Vancouver Island, 199 in Interior Health and 65 in Northern Health.

The total number of active cases currently sits at 162, and out of these, 14 people are in hospital, and seven of those are in ICU.

The latest death was a person in long-term care in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, and the provincial death toll now sits at 171.

There are no health-facility or community outbreaks. The statement adds the community outbreak at Maersk Distribution Canada Inc. in Delta has been declared over.

A total of 2,516 people are now considered to be fully recovered, as well.

In an earlier press conference Wednesday, Premier John Horgan announced BC is ready to move into Phase 3 of its Restart Plan while also extending BC’s state of emergency for an additional two weeks.

“We have worked hard to find the balance in British Columbia: to flatten our curve, keep new cases low and safely increase our social interactions by continuing to follow our core, foundational rules,” said Henry and Dix in a statement.

“We are in a unique and unusual time, and until we have an effective treatment or vaccine, COVID-19 will continue to circulate in our communities. We need to keep our actions going to minimize any cases.”