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Three more deaths and 18 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.

Health minister Adrian Dix looks on as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides an update on COVID-19.
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July 08, 2020 - 3:30 PM

There were three more deaths and 18 new cases of COVID-19 reported in B.C. today.

The three additional deaths were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region amounting to 186 throughout the province since the pandemic began. The total number of cases has now climbed to 3,008, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and health minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement released today, July 8.

Of all the positive diagnoses for COVID-19, 162 are considered active and 2,660 people who tested positive have recovered. Seventeen people are hospitalized and three are in intensive care. 

While there are no active community outbreaks in B.C., new cases and community exposure events continue to occur, with the latest being at the No. 5 Orange nightclub in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. Public health teams have issued an alert for anyone who may have been at the strip-club on July 1. They are asked to monitor themselves for symptoms, limit contact with others and contact 811 to arrange for testing if any symptoms develop.

"Contact tracing to contain the spread of COVID-19 requires all of our involvement to be successful," Dr. Henry said in the statement.

"Public alerts and the temporary closure of businesses are some of the ways public health teams are working to effectively manage COVID-19 in our communities. What each of us can do to support contact tracing activities is to complete our own personal risk assessment when deciding where to go and who to see."

Keeping COVID-19 numbers in check will come down to the "fewer faces, bigger spaces" approach. 

"We know crowded, closed spaces where people may be in close contact with each other are higher-risk environments for all of us and need to be avoided at this time," she said.

"As we have seen in many other locations around the world, one slip can quickly cause a surge in new cases. We have also seen here in B.C. that our foundational rules for safe social interactions help to protect all of us."

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 1,018 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,589 in the Fraser Health region, 133 in the Island Health region, 203 in the Interior Health region and 65 in the Northern Health region.

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