COVID-19 in B.C.: 86 percent drop in cases since peak; 48 cases in healthcare outbreak; and more

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      B.C. continues to progress in lowering case numbers, as revealed by a weekly report. Nonetheless, COVID-19-related deaths continue to occur.

      Meanwhile, a healthcare outbreak in the B.C. Interior is now over, but involved quite a number of cases and deaths.

      Also, a community outbreak at worksites in Northern B.C. is over.

      B.C. weekly report: May 30 to June 5

      Once again, the weekly situation report from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) shows how much progress the province has been making in reducing case numbers.

      From May 30 to June 5 (Week 22), B.C. had 1,078 COVID-19 cases, which the BCCDC stated is an 86 percent decrease since the peak in Week 14.

      While case numbers declined in all age groups, the sharpest decreases were among age groups from 15 to 39 years old.

      The number of weekly hospital admissions, which peaked in Week 15, declined to 92 admissions in Week 22.

      The number of intensive care unit (ICU) admissions which also peaked in Week 15, decreased to 22 admissions in Week 22.

      Unfortunately, what has remained the same is the number of deaths from Weeks 7 to 22, with 18 deaths in Week 22.

      However, a good sign is that no healthcare outbreaks were declared in Week 22.

      B.C. update: June 16

      B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement that today's case counts are provisional and may be adjusted once verified.

      So for now, B.C. is reporting 113 new COVID-19 cases today, which includes:

      • 51 in Fraser Health;
      • 27 in Vancouver Coastal Health;
      • 31 in Interior Health;
      • four in Island Health;
      • no new cases in Northern Health;
      • no one from outside of Canada.

      Currently, there are 1,454 active cases, which is a decrease of 42 cases since yesterday.

      With seven fewer patients in hospitals since yesterday, there are now 134 individuals currently hospitalized, and 41 of those patients are in intensive care units (two more than yesterday).

      Tragically, there are four new COVID-19-related deaths, which brings the total fatalities to 1,738 people who have died during the pandemic.

      With 150 recoveries since yesterday, a cumulative total of 143,449 people have recovered from COVID-19 during the pandemic.

      B.C. has reported a cumulative total of 146,674 cases during the pandemic.

      As of today, 76 percent of all adults in B.C. and approximately 75 percent of those 12 and older have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

      A total of 4,165,142 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines have been administered in B.C., and 710,847 of those are second doses.

      B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix
      Province of British Columbia

      Outbreaks and exposures

      None of the five regional health authorities listed any new healthcare or community outbreaks, or public exposure events.

      Interior Health announced today that the outbreak at Spring Valley Care Centre in Kelowna has been declared over. This outbreak was sizeable, involving a total of 48 cases, including 36 residents and 12 staff members, and 12 people died.

      Also today, Northern Health announced that the community outbreaks at the operating sites of two Quesnel-based reforestation companies—Dewan Enterprise and Mikegrosite Consulting—have been declared over. The outbreak was originally declared on May 20. A total of 10 cases were involved in the outbreak, and one person died.

      Interior Health listed AFA Forestry Products (1165 Gordon Drive) in Kelowna as being closed on June 16 due to COVID-19 and will remain closed until June 21.

      The BCCDC added the following two flights to its public exposure lists:

      • June 10: Japan Airlines 18, Tokyo to Vancouver (affected rows 18 to 24);
      • June 13: American Airlines 1415, Dallas to Vancouver (affected rows 18 to 24).

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