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Lowest number of new COVID-19 cases in B.C. in a month

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April 17, 2020 - 8:21 AM

Only 14 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed yesterday, April 16, according to a report on the B.C. Centre for Disease Control website.

It was a month ago, on March 16, when the number of new cases hit double digits on a consistent basis, with 30 recorded that day. Before that, other than for 11 cases on March 13, there were less than 10 a day.

Over the last couple of weeks, new cases ranged from 20 to 45 a day. The total in B.C. is now 1,575.

In the Interior Health region, three new cases were reported yesterday, bringing the total to 149.

No confirmed new cases were reported yesterday in the Vancouver Coastal region which leads the province’s five health regions with 670 cases.

Two deaths were reported yesterday, bringing the total in B.C. to 77. Only one is in the Interior Health region. It was reported Wednesday.

One staff member at Kootenay Street Village in Cranbrook was confirmed to have COVID-19 yesterday, according to an Interior Health news release.

This is the first case of an infection related to a long term care home outside the Lower Mainland and the first in the Interior Health Region.

The staff member is in self-isolation at home.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry did not give her live daily update yesterday.

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