235 new cases of COVID-19 and 8 more deaths in B.C.

B.C. is reporting 235 new cases of COVID-19, including seven epi-linked cases, for a total of 353,139 cases in the province.

(Note: Although 235 new cases are being reported, the total number of cases have only increased by 174 from Tuesday, March 15. This has resulted in no new cases reported in Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health and a decrease in the overall total number of cases in these health authorities compared to yesterday. This is due to data reconciliation from the preliminary numbers reported yesterday.)

The new cases include:

* Fraser Health: N/A

* Vancouver Coastal Health: N/A

* Interior Health: 182

* Northern Health: 23

* Island Health: 30

* People who reside outside of Canada: zero

There are 329 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 and 51 are in intensive care.

In the past 24 hours, eight new deaths have been reported, for an overall total of 2,953.

(Note: One reported death has been removed from the total due to a data correction.)

The new deaths include:

* Fraser Health: two

* Vancouver Coastal Health: four

* Northern Health: one

* Island Health: one

There has been one new health-care facility outbreak at Surrey Memorial Hospital (Fraser Health).

There is a total of nine facilities with ongoing outbreaks:

* long-term care:
– Ponderosa, and Hillside Village (Interior Health)

– Sidney Care Home, Berwick House Gordon Head, The Heights at Mt. View, Greenwoods, Luther Court and Yucalta Lodge (Island Health)

* acute care:
– Surrey Memorial Hospital (Fraser Health)

* assisted or independent living:
– none