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B.C. confirms 146 new cases of COVID-19, for total of 3,787

There are now 74 cases connected to Fraser Valley Packers Inc.
Dr. Bonnie Henry gives provincial update on COVID-19. Screengrab.

There are now 3,787 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in B.C. after health officials announced 146 new cases Tuesday.

From Friday to Saturday there were 43 new cases, from Saturday to Sunday there were 29, from Sunday to Monday there were 46, and from Monday to Tuesday there were 28. 

Four of the new cases were epidemiologically linked. 

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reports that there are 1,119 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), 1989 in Fraser Health, 146 on Vancouver Island, 377 in Interior Health and 91 in Northern Health.

Additionally, there have been 65 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, three long-term care or assisted-living facilities have active outbreaks.

There are now 74 cases connected to Fraser Valley Packers Inc. Public health teams continue to support these active outbreaks. Of note, there are no health concerns related to the consumption of fruit from Fraser Valley Packers Inc. However, people are reminded to always wash fruit and vegetables before eating them.

There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, and the total remains at 195 fatalities in the province.

Of the total COVID-19 cases, eight individuals are hospitalized, four of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

There are 319 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 3,273 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.

“The source of transmission in B.C. is varied. Many continue to be related to private gatherings or small parties from travel within B.C. and Canada, as well as from exposure in workplaces. In all of these cases, the common factors are close contact, crowds and mixing for an extended period of time, both indoors and outside," said Henry.

“It is always a concern when COVID-19 spreads unchecked and the source of the transmission is unknown. Coming together for summer weekend activities is when many people can be inadvertently exposed to the virus."

Henry added that the immediate days following a long weekend are when people can also unknowingly spread the virus to others. As such, the next two weeks will be particularly important. 

“Coming out of the B.C. Day long weekend, we all need to pay attention to how we are feeling and contact 811 should any symptoms develop," she said. “We also all need to pay attention to where the exposure events have been so if need be, we can immediately limit our time with others and take precautions to protect our families, friends and colleagues.

“The alerts are posted on the BC Centre for Disease Control’s website and health authority websites. They provide details on where the potential exposure occurred and what actions you need to take – whether you need to immediately self-isolate or simply monitor for symptoms.

“When there has been an exposure related to a workplace, many businesses are also notifying their customers and temporarily closing for additional cleaning. We encourage businesses to keep doing this."

“Let’s make sure each day this summer we all play safe and stay safe, and continue to take the necessary precautions to protect our province from COVID-19.”