COVID-19 in B.C.: Kelowna hospital outbreak over; one Langley business closed; and more

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      Today, B.C. embarks upon Step 2 in the provincial reopening plan, as announced yesterday.

      The earliest possible date that Step 3 will begin is July 1—but the actual start date will depend on how the province is managing cases.

      B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has warned that although many sectors are reopening, risk still remains and we will most likely see an increases in cases.

      In addition, she pointed out that people, especially travelers, need to remain aware of differences in progressing through the reopening process may differ between communities.

      "If you are considering visiting another community for recreational travel, be aware that some people and some communities are moving at a slower pace—a pace that works for them,” Henry said in a news release. “These communities may not be ready to welcome visitors at this time, so please be respectful when making any travel plans.”

      B.C. update: June 15

      B.C. is reporting 108 new COVID-19 cases (including four epi-linked cases) today, according to a joint statement from B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

      The new cases include:

      • 53 in Fraser Health;
      • 37 in Interior Health;
      • 11 in Vancouver Coastal Health;
      • four in Island Health;
      • three in Northern Health;
      • no one from outside of Canada.

      A decrease of 41 active cases leaves B.C. with 1,496 cases active today.

      Hospitalized cases have increased by four people to 139 individuals in hospitals, with 39 of those patients in intensive care units (three fewer than yesterday).

      There’s good news: there aren’t any new COVID-19-related deaths. The total number of fatalities during the pandemic remains at 1,734 deaths.

      With 152 recoveries since yesterday, a cumulative total of 143,299 people who tested positive have now recovered.

      B.C. has recorded a cumulative total of 146,561 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic.

      In B.C.’s immunization program, 76 percent of all adults in B.C. and 74 percent of those 12 years and older have received their first vaccine doses.

      As of today, a total of 4,102,905 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines have been administered in B.C., and 657,491 of those are second doses.

      B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry
      Province of British Columbia

      Outbreaks and exposures

      Today, Interior Health declared the outbreak in Unit 3E at Kelowna General Hospital to be over. In this outbreak, two patients and one staff member tested positive, and one person died.

      None of the five regional health authorities declared any new healthcare or community outbreaks, and also didn’t list any new public exposure events.

      Fraser Health listed the Titanium Auto Group T2 (19602 Fraser Highway) in Langley as being closed on June 14 due to COVID-19. 

      The B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) added the following flight to its public exposure lists:

      • June 10: Philippine Airlines 116, Manila to Vancouver (affected row information not available).

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