Dr. Bonnie Henry provides an update on B.C.'s COVID-19 situation

47 new cases, 0 deaths

With 47 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia, active cases in the province have risen to the highest number since mid-May. But just one of the new cases come from the Interior Health region.

The total positive tests in the province have now risen to 3,881, 385 of which have come from the Interior. As of Thursday, there are now 371 active cases of the disease across B.C., but there are an additional 1,518 people who've had close contacts with COVID-positive people and have been directed to completely self-isolate. 

Eleven people are currently hospitalized in B.C. with COVID-19, five of whom are in critical care. 

For the sixth day in a row, no new virus-related deaths were announced Thursday. 

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced two new healthcare outbreaks in Vancouver and Richmond, bringing the total number of long-term seniors care homes outbreaks to four, along with a single acute-care facility outbreak. 

She also announced several new COVID-19 exposure events – one at the Lions Bay Beach Park from July 26 to 31, and another onboard a U.S.-registered boat, where "a number" of the 10 crew members onboard have tested positive. It's unclear where in B.C. the boat currently resides.

Dr. Henry says despite the growing number of cases in the province, the vast majority of cases have been "linked" to other known cases. 

"We know where these cases are coming from," she said. 

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