COVID-19 Update: July 24, 2020

27 new cases in BC (total: 3419; Δ 0.8%)
1057 VCH (prev: 1051; Δ 6; 0.6%; 30.9% of all)
1764 FHA (prev: 1750; Δ 14; 0.8%; 51.6% of all)
319 IHA (prev: 315; Δ 4; 1.3%; 9.3% of all)
142 VIHA (prev: 142; Δ 0; 0.0%; 4.2% of all)
79 NHA (prev: 77; Δ 2; 2.6%; 2.3% of all)
58 Outside Canada (prev: 57; Δ 1; 0.0%; 1.7% of all)
Total Active Cases: 294; 8.6% of total
Δ -10 (-0.4%)

12 Hospitalized (prev: 16; Δ -4; -25.0%; 0.4% of total)
3 ICU (prev: 3; Δ 0; 0.0%; 0.1% of total)
2934 recovered (prev: 2898; Δ 36; 1.2%; 85.8% of total)
191 deaths to date (prev: 190; Δ 1; 0.5%; 5.6% of total)
Recovery Rate: 85.8% Δ 0.4%

“There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks. In total, one long-term care facility and two acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.

“There is one new community outbreak on Haida Gwaii, with 13 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date. Of the 13 people who have tested positive, one person has recovered and 12 are active cases. At this time cases are all local residents. While the initial source of transmission is still being investigated, the cases are all epidemiologically linked. Some are related residents who had recently travelled off island, and others are from exposure to known cases.

“There also continues to be additional community exposure events throughout the province, including at Fossello’s clothing store in Kelowna. A full listing of community exposure events for each health authority is available through the BC Centre for Disease Control, as well as on health authority websites.

“Public health teams are requesting the assistance of anyone who may have been exposed through community exposure to monitor themselves closely for symptoms, minimize time spent with others and get tested promptly if any symptoms arise.

“As we all enjoy our summer, we can reduce the potential for COVID-19 to spread by taking the time to assess the risks before spending time with others.

“In the coming days, a new provincial health officer order will be in place to limit the number of people who can stay at and visit short-term rental accommodations and boat rentals. Whether at home or renting, keeping our groups small will keep all of us safe.

“Similar to the case in restaurants, the number of people will be determined by the size of the space to ensure safe social interactions for everyone.

“This weekend, be mindful of where you are going and who you are seeing, assess your own risks and take steps to protect yourself and those you care for most. Let’s keep our firewall strong and bend our curve back down.”

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