British Columbia health officials have discovered nine new COVID-19 cases in the last day, bringing the total the province has seen to 73.
Most of the new cases are tied to the outbreak at the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry told reporters Saturday.
There are now four residents and 12 staff members who have tested positive for the virus.
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She believes the outbreak was caught in its initial stages, and more cases are becoming apparent as people with the virus transition from their incubation phase to showing symptoms.
Health Minister Adrian Dix said it goes without saying that he’s “extremely concerned” about the situation at the care home, given that residents are older and have underlying health conditions, putting them more at risk of dying from coronavirus.
Of the new cases Saturday, one of them was tied to travel to Portugal.
Henry also said the province is trying to prioritize who it tests. It’s most important to test people who are in hospital or long term care homes, health care workers, or people connected to ongoing outbreaks.
She said if you have returned from travel and have no symptoms, or mild symptoms, there’s no need to be tested. Her advice is to continue self-isolating.
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