62 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C., 2 new virus-related deaths

62 new cases, 2 deaths

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix confirmed there have been 62 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. in the past three days, and two COVID-19 related deaths. 

There is one new isolation order for Krazy Cherry Fruit Co. in Oliver, due to two positive COVID-19 cases associated with the farm. Public health teams are monitoring the situation closely and have placed restrictions on those living and working on the farm. 

On Thursday, officials announced that since the pandemic began, there have been 204 cases in the Interior Health region, including three residents of other countries. 

One additional IH case was announced on Friday bringing the total to 205 and officials confirmed on Monday the total number of IH cases since the pandemic began has risen to 209, with the addition of four new cases. 

Province-wide, there are now 208 active cases of COVID-19, and 2,718 people who have fully recovered. 

This brings the total number of positive cases in B.C. to 3,115. 

Five individuals are currently in intensive care, and 14 individuals are hospitalized. The remaining people who tested positive for COVID-19 are recovering in self-isolation at home. 

There have been two new COVID-19 related deaths in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, for a total of 189 deaths province-wide. 

No new health-care facility outbreaks have been announced. In total, two long-term care or assisted living facilities and one acute-care facility have active outbreaks.

Dr. Henry and Dix are encouraging residents to remain vigilant of the virus as community exposure events such as the recent one in Kelowna continue to occur. 

"Now is the time to pay attention to how we are feeling and what we are doing, to keep ourselves and those around us safe. 

"Until a vaccine or effective treatment is available, our focus is to keep new cases low and slow. And to do this, all of us need to do our part, to show kindness and patience with those around us and take precautions to protect each other.

"We must not lose sight of the fact that COVID-19 symptoms can be mild, making it very easy to spread the virus to those around us. That is why our foundational rules for safe social interactions are so important."

The next COVID-19 press conference will be live-streamed on Castanet on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

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