B.C. has seen 18 new cases of COVID-19, three virus-related deaths

18 new virus cases, 3 deaths

Eighteen new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in British Columbia over the past 24 hours, and three more people have died from the virus.

With 15 recent recoveries, active cases of the virus in B.C. remain stable.

The new cases bring the total positive tests in B.C. to 3,008, but active cases remain at 162. The Interior Health saw no new cases, and active cases remain at two in the entire region.

Province-wide, 17 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, three of whom are in intensive care.

Another three people in the Vancouver Coastal Health region have died from the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the total deaths in B.C. since the start of the pandemic to 186.

No new outbreaks have been declared at any healthcare facilities, but outbreaks remain at two long-term care homes and one acute care facility.

While no additional community outbreaks have been declared, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced a “community exposure event” at Vancouver's No. 5 Orange strip club on July 1. Dr. Henry advises anyone who attended the venue that night to self-monitor themselves for the next 14 days.

This is the second Metro Vancouver strip club where an exposure event has occurred, after a person who later tested positive for COVID-19 attended Vancouver's Brandi's Exotic Show Lounge last month.

Dr. Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix will hold a live-streamed press conference to speak on COVID-19 in B.C. on Thursday afternoon.

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