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B.C. records another day with zero new COVID-19 deaths, no movement in Northern Health Authority

B.C. records 19 new cases in past day
B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (via Government of B.C. Flickr)

B.C. now has 2,775 test-confirmed COVID-19 cases according to the latest update from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix this afternoon (June 17). 

In a written statement, officials announced 19 new cases have been discovered in the past 24 hours.

In Northern Health, there have been no new positive cases, which keeps the total at 65.

There were also no new deaths in the past day, keeping that total at 168, making today the fifth straight day that B.C. has had no reported fatalities from the virus. 

Of the number of provincial cases, there are 185 active, which also includes 11 people being treated in hospital and five in intensive care.

Since the start of the pandemic in B.C., there have been 946 recorded cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 1,438 in Fraser Health 130 in Island Health and 196 in Interior Health.

Henry says there have been no new community outbreaks and the outbreak at the Oppenheimer Group produce distributor has now officially been declared over.

Two new health-care facility outbreaks have been announced at the Mission Memorial Hospital and Tabor Home in Abbotsford. The outbreak at Tabor Home and at the Maple Hill long-term care facility announced yesterday (June 16) are connected to the outbreak at Mission Memorial Hospital.

“These recent health-care outbreaks are very concerning and clearly demonstrate that COVID-19 remains in our communities," the statement reads. "Mission Memorial is a small hospital, which means services for the local community are now limited to urgent and emergency care only."

“Public health teams are working hard to contain further spread. While we are monitoring the situation closely, we are hopeful that we have caught these outbreaks in the early stages."

Officials added a total of 2,422 patients have recovered from the virus and are no longer required to be in isolation. 

“We know that COVID-19 spreads quickly and can be transmitted to others even when someone is asymptomatic or has mild symptoms," officials added. "One undetected case can quickly result in a surge in new cases."

“Right across our province, everyone has worked hard to flatten our curve and now we must keep COVID-19 low and slow. To do that, let’s continue to work together, to take care of each other and do our part.”