VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Two of the seven new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. come from unidentified sources of exposure, according to the provincial health officer.
Dr. Bonnie Henry confirmed the seven new cases in B.C. on Tuesday.
Two are from the Lynn Valley Care Centre, the source of the first death coronavirus-related death in Canada.
Three of the new cases are related to travel in Germany and Egypt, while the other two come from unidentified sources.
Henry said two people came into contact while on a cruise of the Nile River in Egypt. In the other travel-related case, a man in his 40s who was in Germany is now at home in isolation.
“The investigation on exactly where he was and what happened there is ongoing,” Henry said of the latter.
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In the third travel-related case, Henry said a man in his 90s who was on a Grand Princess Cruise from Feb.11-21 is now in isolation at home
All of those cases are in the Vancouver Health Region, she added.
Two others are in the Fraser Health Region with unspecified sources of origin.
One is a man in his 90s who is in hospital in isolation, while the other is a man in his 40s who is at home in isolation.
“It’s these community cases that give us some degree of concern and grief,” Henry said, “but being able to detect them is really important because as soon as we can detect them, we can start that detailed investigation to find out where they might have come into contact.”
Henry also provided an update on a woman in her 80s who had been in intensive care at Vancouver General Hospital. She has been sent home and is doing well, Henry said.
Health Minister Adrian Dix said a new 811 call centre is opening to help keep communication lines open regarding coronavirus.
Earlier this week, a man in his 80s from the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver died in hospital, becoming the first death from COVID-19 in the country.
The total of COVID-19 cases in B.C. is now 39.