BC announces 519 new COVID-19 cases, 84 in BC Interior

519 new cases, 12 deaths

The B.C. government has announced 519 new COVID-19 cases, including 84 in the Interior Health region.

The new cases bring the province’s total to 59,072, although the vast majority have already recovered. There are 4,810 active cases in B.C., dropping below 5,000 for the first time in months.

Across the province, 360 people are hospitalized with the virus, 76 of whom are in intensive care. 

There were another 12 coronavirus deaths reported on Wednesday, bringing B.C.'s toll to 1,031.

Four of those deaths occurred in the BC Interior, all within care homes. 

Two happened at McKinney Place in Oliver, one at Sunnybank in Oliver and another at Creekside Landing in Vernon.

“Interior Health is sad to report four additional COVID-related deaths connected to outbreaks in long-term care facilities,” said Susan Brown, president and CEO, Interior Health.

“I want to offer our condolences to all the families and caregivers. We continue to see COVID-19 activity in many areas of the southern Interior, so please remain vigilant in following the COVID-19 precautions: keep to your household bubble, stay home when you are sick, practise physical distancing, wear a mask, and wash your hands often.”

Within the BC Interior, there are 905 active cases. Thirty-five people are hospitalized, nine of whom are in the ICU.

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