21 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C., no deaths

Henrietta Strickland
July 16, 2020

Health officials in British Columbia will announce the latest cases of COVID-19 in the province Wednesday.

There were 21 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C.in the last 24 hours, bringing the provincial total to 3,149.

There were no new deaths, which means 189 people have died of COVID-19 so far during the pandemic.

The province saw the number of new cases begin to top 20 nearly exactly two weeks after B.C.

Of the total cases, 2,753 people are considered fully recovered, or 87 per cent.

Dr. Henry says provincial health officials are concerned about the increase in cases seen in recent days, and note many of them have been found in the wider community rather than in long-term care and assisted living facilities.

No new health care facility outbreaks were reported, however, there are still three outbreaks in the health care system; two of those are in long-term care or assisted living facilities and one acute-care facility.

No new outbreaks were reported in either health-care settings or the community Wednesday.

There remains one active outbreak in the community, the statement said, "in addition to several community exposure events".

Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said they were "concerned" about the recent growth in COVID-19 case numbers, as they provided an update on B.C.'s caseload Wednesday.

Cases by health regions since the start of the pandemic: 1,023 in Vancouver Coastal; 1,659 in Fraser; 135 in Island; 216 in Interior; 65 in Northern Health; and 51 involving people who reside outside of Canada.

To do this, they said we all have to do our part by continuing to use our layers of protection and following our rules for safe social interactions. "Let's enjoy the summer safely and continue to do all we can to protect our neighbours, our friends and our loved ones".

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