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B.C. confirms 589 new cases of COVID-19, for total of 17,149

There have been six new health-care facility outbreaks
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Dr. Bonnie Henry gives provincial update on COVID-19. Screengrab.

There are now 17,149 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in B.C. after health officials announced 589 new cases Friday.

Five of the cases are epi-linked.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reports that there have been 146 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 402 in the Fraser Health region, five in the Island Health region, 24 in the Interior Health region, and 12 in the Northern Health region.

There have been no new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. of people who reside outside of Canada.

There have been six new health-care facility outbreaks at Suncreek Village, Fort Langley Seniors Community, Northcrest Care Centre, Fellburn Care Center – PATH unit, Ridge Meadows Hospital and Langley Memorial Hospital. The outbreak at Fair Haven Homes Burnaby Lodge has been declared over. In total, 31 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and four acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.

There has been one new community outbreak at the Royal Inland Hospital construction site. There continue to be exposure events around the province. 

There have been two new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 275 deaths in British Columbia. 

Of the total COVID-19 cases, 104 individuals are hospitalized, 28 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation. As well, 7,887 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

There are 3,741 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 13,035 people who tested positive have recovered.

Public alerts and notifications are posted on the BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) website and on all health authorities’ websites.

“Keeping businesses open is important to all of us and we can all take confidence in knowing the vast majority of businesses are doing all they can to keep their employees and customers safe throughout the province. This has allowed us to have as much as possible open in our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic," said Henry.

“As we have done with many sectors, public health teams are continually reviewing the guidance and working with individual business owners to help navigate the challenges of COVID-19 and continue to operate safely.

“When faced with the gathering storm clouds of increased exposures and transmission in a particular sector, we step up inspections to identify gaps and, at times, increase the safety measures that are required. Only if it is clearly demonstrated that a business or sector is unable to operate safely are businesses ordered to close.

“Right now, particularly in the Lower Mainland, we are asking businesses to review their COVID-19 safety plans to ensure every step is being taken to protect everyone.

“For employees and customers, you can also do your part and help businesses to stay open by staying away if you are feeling unwell, using a mask when indoors and not asking businesses or their employees to bend the rules.

“We have one COVID-19 curve in B.C., and we all have a role to play to get through this storm and push our curve back down.”