British Columbia announced Monday a total of 62 new test-postive cases of COVID-19 in the province.
The new cases represent three testing periods: Friday, July 10 to Saturday, July 11 (21 new cases); Saturday, July 11 to Sunday, July 12 (20 new cases); and Sunday, July 12 to Monday, July 13 (21 new cases).
COVID-19 cases break down by B.C. health authority region as follows:
- Vancouver Coastal Health: 1, 012
- Fraser Health: 1,643
- Interior Health: 209
- Island Health: 135
- Northern Health: 65
Additionally, there have been 51 cases of COVID-19 in B.C. of people who reside outside of Canada.
There have been two new COVID-19 related deaths, bringing our provincial total to-date to 189 deaths.
There are currently 15 people in hospital, of which five are in intensive care.
There are 208 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 2,718 people who tested positive have recovered.
In a written statement issued Monday, B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix addressed current outbreaks in the province.
“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 new isolation order and community exposure events are continuing to occur.
“Interior Health has issued an isolation order for Krazy Cherry Fruit Co. in Oliver due to two positive COVID-19 cases associated with this farm. Public health teams are monitoring the situation closely and have placed restrictions on those living and working on the farm to limit the potential for further transmission."
Further, Dix and Henry are emphasizing how vital it is for British Columbians to continue to be aware of our health status, and where we are going and what we are doing, in order to prevent transmission of COVID-19.
“Until a vaccine or effective treatment is available, our focus is to keep new cases low and slow. And to do this, all of us need to do our part, to show kindness and patience with those around us and take precautions to protect each other," reads the joint statement.
“We must not lose sight of the fact that COVID-19 symptoms can be mild, making it very easy to spread the virus to those around us. That is why our foundational rules for safe social interactions are so important.
Dr. Henry's saying of "fewer faces and bigger spaces" remains B.C.'s guide as we move forward, and today's statement comes with a renewed urging to be cautious of private parties, in particular those with many people and those that are indoors.
“Spending an extended period of time, even an evening together with a number of people in an enclosed space, increases the likelihood that you will be exposed to someone with COVID-19. As much as possible, British Columbians are asked to avoid closed spaces, crowds and close contact with others.
“To keep new cases low, we need to use layers of protection. To always stay home and not travel when ill, even if we may think it is a cold or allergies; to wash our hands regularly; keep a safe distance from others and use a mask when it is more challenging to maintain physical distance.
“As COVID-19 remains in our communities, the actions you take every day make a difference and will help to protect all of us.”