Dr. Bonnie Henry reports no new COVID-19 deaths and no new health facility outbreaks in B.C. over past 24 hours

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      The latest numbers indicate that 83.5 percent of all people who've tested positive for COVID-19 have fully recovered.

      The provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said that there were no new COVID-19 deaths and no new community outbreaks in B.C. over the past 24 hours.

      B.C. is down to 258 active cases and 2,122 who've tested positive and fully recovered.

      Henry said that public health officials are expecting more new cases as B.C. residents become more engaged in economic activities under the province's restart plan.

      "We're now one week into Phase 2 with more people out and more businesses open," she said. "We cannot go back to our pre-COVID phase."

      As she does in all of her briefings, Henry emphasized the importance of remaining two metres apart from other people and practising good hand hygiene.

      To date, she said that 2,541 people have tested positive, including 11 new cases today.

      Of those, 37 are in hospital and seven are in critical care or an intensive-care unit.

      So far, 161 people in B.C. have died after contracting COVID-19.

      The largest caseload has been in the Fraser Health region, where 1,261 people have tested positive. The next highest figure has been recorded in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, where there have been 897 cases.

      Another 195 have been diagnosed in the Interior Health region, 127 in the Vancouver Island Health region, and 62 in the Northern Health region.

      "We know well that COVID-19 is in all of our communities and will be for some time," Henry said. "We also know that transmission occurs when in close contact with others, so the measures we have in place are the best thing we can do to slow the spread of the virus."

      On a positive note, she stated that there have been no new outbreaks in health-care facilities, and a previous one in Richmond Hospital is over.

      There are still 14 outbreaks at long-term care facilities in B.C. and one in an acute-care centre. None of the residents and only one staff person contracted COVID-19 over the past 24 hours.