B.C. announces 131 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

131 new cases, zero deaths

UPDATED: 5:00 p.m.

Interior Health has provided further details regarding COVID-19 cases in the Interior region, following today's announcement of 131 new cases in B.C. since Friday.

There are currently 13 active cases in the Interior, all of whom are in isolation. Nine of these are linked to the Kelowna cluster, bringing the total number to 158 since June 26.

None of the new cases reported since Friday have been linked to the Kelowna cluster. 

One person in the Interior is in hospital, and there are no cases in ICU in the area. There have been no additional staff cases at Kelowna General Hospital.

ORIGINAL: 3:15 p.m.

There have been 131 new cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia since Friday, including two from the Interior Health region.

The most significant increase took place from Friday to Saturday, when 50 new cases were identified. A further 37 new cases were identified from Saturday to Sunday, and 44 new cases identified in the past 24 hours. 

Monday's update brings the province's total number of positive cases since the pandemic started to 4,065, and the Interior's total to 391 cases. 

No new deaths were recorded in the past three days, and 3,425 people have now fully recovered from the virus.

There are currently 445 active cases across the province. Nine people are in hospital, three of which in the ICU.

Two new healthcare outbreaks have occurred over the weekend in the Fraser Health region, at the George Derby Centre and New Vista Care Centre. This brings the number of active healthcare outbreaks to eight, seven of which are in long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one in an acute-care facility. 

A total of 1,765 people who were close contacts of a positive COVID-19 case are under active daily follow up by health officials. 

There have been no new community outbreaks, but exposure events continue to happen and new flights have been identified for cases recently, says provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. 

She says contact tracing work has been highly effective in limiting numbers of new cases. 

"The vast majority of the people who tested positive over the past three days were people who were on our contact list, who were amongst the 1,500, 1,700 people who are in active daily follow up, and that means as they developed their illness, they were isolated and they no longer exposed others, breaking those chains of transmission."

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