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B.C. confirms 29 new cases of COVID-19, for total of 3,591

There are now 59 cases connected to Fraser Valley Packers Inc.
Dr. Bonnie Henry. Photo: Province of British Columbia

There are now 3,591 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in B.C. after health officials announced 29 new cases Thursday.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reports that there are 1,076 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), 1,865 in Fraser Health, 143 on Vancouver Island, 360 in Interior Health and 86 in Northern Health.

Additionally, there have been 61 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, one long-term care or assisted-living facility and two acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.

There are no new community outbreaks, and there are no new cases associated with the outbreak on Haida Gwaii. There are now 59 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, for a total of 194 fatalities in the province.

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

There are 242 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 3,151 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.

"To play safe and stay safe this weekend, and protect all of our communities from COVID-19, we all need to use the layers of protection we have available and keep your groups small," said Henry. “Staying a safe distance from others is the best way to slow the spread of the virus. If you are in a crowded area, outside or inside, and you can’t maintain a safe physical distance, wearing a mask is a further protective layer."

“We also need to remember to wash our hands regularly, clean surfaces more often, follow one-way pathways and always, without exception, stay home if you are at all feeling ill.

“The actions you take make a difference and will help all of us to stay safe this summer. Let’s bend our curve back down and keep our province strong."