Victoria, BC (WNews)- There are now 3,149 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in B.C. after health officials announced 21 new cases Wednesday. No further deaths have been reported.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported that there are 1,023 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), 1,659 in Fraser Health, 135 on Vancouver Island, 216 in Interior Health and 65 in Northern Health.
Additionally, there have been 51 cases of COVID-19 in B.C. of people who reside outside of Canada.
There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks. In total, two long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care facility have active outbreaks.
There is one active community outbreak, in addition to several community exposure events.
There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 189 fatalities in the province. There’s are currently 14 people in acute care in hospital, and five are in intensive care.
There are 207 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 2,753 people who tested positive have recovered.
“We are concerned about the increase in new cases in recent days as COVID-19 continues to circulate in our communities silently,” said Henry. “While early on, many of our long-term care and assisted living facilities were impacted, most of the new cases are in the broader community.
“Here in British Columbia, as we spend more time with others, we need to find our balance with COVID-19. We need to minimize the number of cases, manage new cases as they emerge and modify our activities accordingly.
“To do this, we all have to do our part by continuing to use our layers of protection and following our rules for safe social interactions.
“No one wants to get sick with COVID-19, nor do we want to inadvertently pass it onto others. While the symptoms can be mild, it is a complex illness that has serious consequences.
“Let’s enjoy the summer safely and continue to do all we can to protect our neighbours, our friends and our loved ones.”