COVID-19 in B.C.: Four flights arrive in Vancouver with confirmed cases, new community outbreak in Okanagan

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      In the wake of 25 new cases confirmed on July 10, the number of new cases have remained consistent over the weekend.

      Meanwhile, a new community outbreak has taken place in the Okanagan and several cases have been identified on flights that arrived at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) from elsewhere in Canada as well as the U.S.

      Daily update: July 13

      B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix released a joint statement for today’s B.C. COVID-19 update that provided information about the past three time periods since the last update on July 10.

      From July 10 to 11, there were 21 new cases; from July 11 to 12, there were 20 new cases; and from July 12 to 13, there were 21 new cases, for a total of 62 new cases over the past three days and a cumulative provincial total of 3,115 cases over the course of the pandemic.

      That cumulative total includes 1,012 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 1,643 in Fraser Health, 135 in Island Health, 209 in Interior Health, 65 in Northern Health, and 51 cases of people who reside outside Canada.

      Currently, there are 208 active cases (14 individuals are hospitalized, with five of those in intensive care).

      As there aren’t any new healthcare outbreaks, there remain two longterm care facilities and one acute-care facility with active outbreaks.

      However, there is a new community outbreak in the B.C. Interior.

      Today, Interior Health issued an isolation order for Krazy Cherry Fruit Co. in Oliver due to two cases associated with this farm.

      One case is isolating at home while the other, who is a temporary foreign worker, is isolating in a location off the farm. A connection between the two cases has not yet been determined. Interior Health stated that both cases are presumed to be contracted within B.C., as all temporary foreign workers underwent the 14-day quarantine period upon arriving in Canada.

      Public health teams have restricted 36 temporary foreign workers and nine other individuals at the farm to limit transmission. Access to the farm is restricted to essential deliveries. The risk to the general public is considered low, according to Interior Health.

      Over the weekend, Interior Health also issued public health alerts about potential community exposure events in Kelowna’s downtown and waterfront areas from June 25 to July 9, with four specific locations which have since been identified. (For more information, see this article. Further details were revealed as of July 14.)

      Unfortunately, there have been two new deaths (both in Vancouver Coastal Health), which brings the total fatalities to 189 people who have died.

      Meanwhile, a total of 2,718 people (87 percent of the cumulative total) have now recovered.

      Air travel

      More flights have been identified as being connected to positive cases.

      At least two of them were on international flights.

      American Airlines flight 1270 from Dallas to Vancouver on July 6 had at least one case. Affected seats were not identified.

      United Airlines flight 375 from San Francisco to Vancouver on July 7 also had at least one case. Similarly, affected seats also weren’t specified.

      Among domestic flights, two more flights were identified.

      One was Air Canada flight 8421 from Kelowna to Vancouver on July 6.

      The second was Air Canada flight 311 from Montreal to Vancouver on July 8.

      Affected seats weren’t listed for either of these two flights.

      Anyone who was on these flights should monitor themselves for symptoms for a minimum of 14 days after the flights took place. Anyone who develops symptoms should immediately self-isolate and call 811 to arrange for testing.

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