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One more COVID-19 case reported in Northern Health, B.C. sees 23 cases in two days

There was one new death, toll rises to 130
Dr. Bonnie Henry - May 9, 2020
Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s Provincial Health Officer. (via Flickr/Province of B.C.)

It appears the curve is still flattening in B.C. after experiencing one of the more minimal weekend increases in COVID-19 cases since updates began in March.

Northern Health only reported one new positive case within its jurisdiction in the last two days.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says there are 57 total cases for the northern region, but as of today's update (May 11), 50 of them haverecovered.

Three of the authority's current cases are in acute care, according to Health Minister Adrian Dix.

B.C. saw 23 in the last 48 hours since Saturday (May 9) cases for a grand total of 2,353.

The province's death toll has now reached 130, which was the result of one new passing from the weekend.

"The word of the day is patience," said Dr. Henry in the closing remarks of her update, encouraging everyone to be patient with people in our social circles and with local businesses as decisions to re-open are being considered.

B.C.'s recovery rate has also increased with 1,719 total recoveries compared to the 634 active cases.

One community outbreak at a tree nursery in Kelowna has been declared over.

There were four new confirmed cases in long-term care facilities, bringing the current total to 19 with active cases at long-term care homes.

With sunny weather over the weekend just passed, Henry was asked if she was concerned about photos and reports of people at beaches concentrated in groups. Henry said she herself got outside on the weekend, and said those who are not adhering to physical distancing mandates appear to be in the minority.

“The vast majority of people were doing the right thing,” she said.

The number of confirmed cases in other provincial health regions are as follows:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health = 873
  • Fraser Health = 1,118
  • Island Health = 125
  • Interior Health = 180

- with files from Nelson Bennett, Business In Vancouver