Dr. Bonnie Henry provides an update on COVID-19 in B.C.

20 new virus cases, no deaths

UPDATE: 4:40 p.m.

One of the 20 new cases of COVID-19 identified in B.C. in the past 24 hours is from the Interior Health region. 

Data posted by the BC Centre for Disease Control following Dr. Bonnie Henry's press conference shows one new case of the virus has been confirmed in the province's Interior. 

On Thursday, the province stopped including cases of residents of other countries in its daily health authority numbers reporting. Since the pandemic began, three of the IH region's 204 COVID-19 cases have been residents of other countries.

With the single new case in the region, there are now three active cases of COVID-19 in the province's Interior. None of these people are currently hospitalized.  

ORIGINAL: 3:15 p.m.

Twenty new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in British Columbia over the past 24 hours, while active cases have grown by 13. 

There have now been 3,028 total positive tests in the province, and 175 active cases remain. Seventeen people remain hospitalized province-wide, four of whom are in the ICU. 

No new virus-related deaths have occurred in the past day. In total, 186 people have died from the virus since the beginning of the pandemic. 

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Thursday she is adjusting the reporting of COVID-19 numbers by health authority, by not including residents of other countries who've tested positive for the virus in B.C. As such, the number of positive tests in the Interior Health region fell by two, to 201, and it's unclear if any of Thursday's 20 new cases came from the IH region. 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 51 of the positive tests in B.C. have been from residents of other countries.

While no new outbreaks of the virus were declared in B.C., Dr. Henry expanded the “community exposure event” alert stemming from a case of the virus at Vancouver's No. 5 Orange strip club. With a second confirmed case linked to the club, Dr. Henry expanded the alert to include anyone who visited the venue on July 1, 3, 4, and 7. Anyone who attended the bar during those dates should self-monitor themselves over the next 14 days and call 811 if they develop symptoms. 

Dr. Henry said the multiple cases linked to bars and clubs in Metro Vancouver may lead them to adjust their guidelines around the operation of these venues.

She said looking towards the growing number of cases in the United States, it's important to remain vigilant as we move to reopen more of B.C. 

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