B.C. has 21 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, but no new deaths

21 new cases, no deaths

UPDATED: 5 p.m.

After Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Tuesday 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19 had been linked to the Kelowna cluster so far, Interior Health says that's not correct. 

"At this time we are still able to confirm 13 total cases associated with the cluster in Kelowna. Six of those are from Interior Health," said Karl Hardt, IH senior communications consultant.

"Dr. Henry may have mixed up the number, but we’re not sure exactly."

IH is urging anyone who feels they may have contracted the virus to use the online self-assessment tool, to determine if they require a COVID-19 test. 

"Testing is not recommended for people who have no symptoms," Hardt says.

ORIGINAL: 4:15 p.m.

Twenty-one new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in British Columbia in the past 24 hours, four of which have come from the Interior Health region.

The new cases bring the total positive tests in the province to 3,149, with a total of 216 positive tests in the Interior. As of Wednesday, there are 207 active cases in B.C. Fifteen of the active cases are residents of the Interior. Two weeks ago, there was just one known active case across the entire IH region.

In a joint statement with Health Minister Adrian Dix, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said she's “concerned about the increase in new cases in recent days as COVID-19 continues to silently circulate in our communities.”

The increase in cases in the Interior Health region come after a cluster of cases stemming from a single group was identified last week. On Tuesday, Dr. Henry said 17 confirmed cases have been linked to this cluster, but not all of the cases are residents of the Interior.

“While early on, many of our long-term care and assisted living facilities were impacted, most of the new cases are in the broader community,” Dr. Henry said in her statement Wednesday.

"Here in British Columbia, as we spend more time with others, we need to find our balance with COVID-19. We need to minimize the number of cases, manage new cases as they emerge and modify our activities accordingly.”

While active cases continue have risen province-wide recently, hospitalizations have remained relatively stable, with 14 people currently being treated, five of whom are in intensive care.

No new virus-related deaths were announced Wednesday, and two outbreaks remain at long-term care facilities. A single outbreak remains at an acute care facility.

The community outbreak declared earlier this week at Oliver's Krazy Cherry Farm Company remains the only community outbreak declared in the province. On Wednesday, IH said that outbreak may be linked to the exposure events in Kelowna.

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