Twenty-one new cases of COVID-19, including three epi-linked cases, have been identified in British Columbia’s latest 24-hour stretch.
It marks the seventh day of the last eight that the province has recorded at least 20 cases. Before the recent stretch, it had not surpassed the 20-daily case mark since June 3.
The latest update increases the province’s total case count to 3,170. That includes 2,789 people who have recovered, up by 36 since Wednesday.
There are now 192 active cases in the province, which includes 15 people in hospital (up by one ), and three in intensive care (down by two). No new deaths were recorded, as the death toll remains at 189.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, said there are now four cases linked to the Krazy Cherry fruit farm in Okanagan. Twenty-seven cases have also been linked to events that occured in Kelowna’s waterfront district between June 25 and July 9.
Health officials said the initial infections are believed to have stemmed from two private parties held around Canada Day, involving people mainly in their 20s and 30s. Some of the infected patients went to other local businesses, before they were contacted by public health teams, prompting exposure warnings to the public.