There are now 2,916 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in B.C. after health officials announced 12 new cases Tuesday.
Provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry reports that there are 981 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), 1,538 in Fraser Health, 131 on Vancouver Island, 201 in Interior Health and 65 in Northern Health.
There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks, and the outbreak at Valhaven Home in the Fraser Health region has been declared over. In total, four long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute care facility have active outbreaks.
There have been no new community outbreaks, and the public health teams continue to provide support for the one remaining community location.
Health officials say a number of people who attended Brandi's Exotic Show Lounge in recent days have since tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
People who were at the lounge between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. from June 21-24, as well as the hours between midnight and 3 a.m. on June 25, are asked to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days, it says as long as people remain healthy and do not develop symptoms, there is no need to self-isolate, meaning they can continue with their usual daily activities.
There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, for a total of 174 deaths in British Columbia.
There are currently 18 people in acute care in hospital and four are in intensive care.
There are 152 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 2,590 people who tested positive have recovered.
Today, health officials announced that long-term care facilities and seniors assisted-living residences can now begin allowing visitors.
“British Columbians have flattened the curve, single-site staffing is in place and facilities have been given the additional resources to safely allow for seniors and Elders who have been separated from their loved ones to connect once again," said Henry.
“Like many other areas within our province, with safety plans and precautions in place, we can now slowly and thoughtfully move forward.
“Tomorrow, as we all celebrate Canada Day, we remind everyone to follow the rules for safe social interactions, limit your interactions and keep your bubbles small, maintain a safe distance from others and stay home if you are feeling ill.
“While this will be a different Canada Day for all of us, there are many virtual celebrations being planned and other fun ways to safely connect with friends and family. By doing our part, we can continue to keep our curve flat and protect our communities and those we care for most.”
- With files from the Canadian Press.