Coronavirus Canada updates: B.C. reports 97 new COVID-19 cases, no new cases in Island Health

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Coronavirus Canada updates: B.C. reports 97 new COVID-19 cases, no new cases in Island Health
Coronavirus Canada updates: B.C. reports 97 new COVID-19 cases, no new cases in Island Health

B.C. health officials reported 97 new cases of COVID-19 on Sept. 15, but none of the new cases are in Island Health.

Island Health continues to have 12 active cases and no hospitalizations.

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, released Tuesday’s numbers in a joint statement.

One of the new cases reported Tuesday is epidemiologically-linked, meaning a person who was never tested but was presumed to have COVID-19 because they developed symptoms and were close contacts of a laboratory-confirmed case.

There are 1,590 active cases of COVID-19 in the province (a decrease of four from Sept, 14), 3,001 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases (a decrease of 46 from Sept. 14), and 5,548 people who tested positive have recovered.

Sixty-three people with COVID-19 are in hospital (an increase of five from Sept. 14), 20 of whom are in intensive care (an increase of four from Sept. 14).

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 195 cases in Island Health, 2,608 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 3,784 in the Fraser Health region, 479 in the Interior Health region, 225 in the Northern Health region and 85 cases of people who reside outside of Canada (visitors and temporary foreign workers).

There have been a total of 7,376 cases of COVID-19 reported in the province since the start of the pandemic.

No new COVID-19 deaths were reported Tuesday. The B.C. COVID-19 death toll remains at 219.
There has been one new health-care facility outbreak at OPAL by Element in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. In total, 11 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and three acute-care facilities have active outbreaks. They are:

OPAL by Element assisted living facility in Vancouver Coastal Health
Point Grey Private Hospital long-term care facility in Vancouver Coastal Health
Royal Arch Masonic Home long-term care facility (second outbreak) in Vancouver Coastal Health
Bear Creek Villa independent living facility in Fraser Health
Cherington Place long-term care facility in Fraser Health
Evergreen Hamlets long-term care facility in Fraser Health
Kin Village assisted living facility in Fraser Health
Milieu Children and Family Services Society community-living facility in Fraser Health
New Vista Care Home long-term care facility in Fraser Health
Normanna long-term care facility in Fraser Health
Rideau Retirement Centre independent living facility in Fraser Health
There have been no new community outbreaks.

“There is much that we know about COVID-19 and much that we continue to learn each day. What we do know is that now is the time for all of us to take a step back so we can move forward safely. To do this, we need to do our part to break the chains of transmission in B.C.,” Dix and Henry said in Tuesday’s statement.

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