In today’s official COVID-19 update, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has provided official statistics on the growth of the virus.

There are 43 new cases throughout the province, bringing the total number of cases to 1,013.

The breakdown is as follows:

476 in Vancouver Coastal Health (an increase of 4)
348 in Fraser Health (an increase of 25)
107 in Interior Health (an increase of 13)
67 in Island Health (no change)
15 in Northern Health (an increase of 1)

Dr. Henry reported 38 more recoveries, bringing the total to 507.

Five additional deaths have occurred, for a cumulative total of 24 province-wide.

There are currently 482 active cases within the Province.

Minister of Health Adrian Dix then discussed the care numbers, revealing that there are currently 128 people hospitalized throughout the province.

55 in Vancouver Coastal Health
53 in Fraser Health
7 in Interior Health
8 in Island Health
5 in Northern Health

In a joint statement Henry and Dix said: “there are now COVID-19 cases in 19 facilities in B.C., all in the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal health regions.”

Dr. Henry clarified that the Health Authority is proceeding delicately to avoid identifying individuals out of concern over stigmatization.

Additionally, she stressed that communities are not individually identified to help minimize the danger of unknown cases.

She explained that identifying specific communities may lead to a false sense of security in areas where cases exist but have not been diagnosed.

However, a specific instance centred around temporary foreign workers at an agricultural nursery was discussed.

Dr. Henry explained: “realistically, we are going to be in some form of having to monitor and prevent transmission of this virus until we have a vaccine.”