‘The virus can hurt your heart and lungs, and leave you exhausted, even if you are a young adult‘
HEALTH Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Thursday announced 78 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), for a total of 4,274 cases in British Columbia.
There was no new COVID-19-related deaths, and the death toll remains at 196 in the province.
There are 578 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 3,500 people who tested positive have recovered.
Currently, nine individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, four of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 1,306 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 2,242 in the Fraser Health region, 150 in the Island Health region, 398 in the Interior Health region, 106 in the Northern Health region and 72 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
There has been no new health-care facility outbreaks in the region. In total, seven long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care facility have active outbreaks.
There is one new community outbreak at the Okanagan Correctional Centre in the Interior Health region. There continue to be community exposure events around the province and on flights into and out of British Columbia.
Alerts are posted on the BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) website, as well as on health authorities’ websites, providing details on where the potential exposure occurred and what actions to take – whether you need to immediately self-isolate or monitor for symptoms.
Dix and Henry noted: “The modelling we presented today shows new cases in the 20-29 age group outpacing other age groups. We know that young people have the strength, consideration and compassion to fight the pandemic. We know because we have seen you do it before. We need to support each other to step up and do it again.
“This virus has consequences for every age group. It can hurt your heart and lungs, and leave you exhausted, even if you are a young adult. These symptoms can last weeks. That means weeks of your summer away from work and away from friends.
“Your actions also inspire others. Be a role model in your community and employ your layers of protection, keep gatherings small, have a designated ‘contact keeper,’ limit time with others, maintain physical distance and always stay home if you’re feeling unwell.”