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Two new COVID-19 cases in Northern Health, total now 14

Two more cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Northern Health, Dr. Bonnie Henry announced today (March 30) bringing the region's total to 14.

Provincially, there are 86 new cases, which brings B.C.'s total to 970. 

However, 469 (48 per cent) patients have recovered and no longer have isolation requirements. That includes more than 70 people who had been in hospital.

There have been two new deaths, both in the Vancouver Coastal health authority. A total of 19 people have died of COVID-19 in B.C.

The B.C. Coroners Service confirmed the province's first COVID-19-related death in the community following post-mortem testing. The man died in his residence.

There are 106 people are in hospital, including 60 in intensive care units.

Dr. Henry also announced the suspension of pay parking at hospitals to support physical distancing measures.  Northern Health has now temporarily suspended pay parking for the public, staff and medical staff, at the University Hospital of Northern BC, until further notice.

This is because pay parking machines require people to touch screens and buttons that may have been touched by someone previously. 

More to come. 

- with files from Times Colonist