VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — One person has died from COVID-19 at a long term care home in the Fraser Health region as 13 more cases of the disease were recorded Tuesday.
“Our condolences go out to the family of this person, to his care team, and to his entire community,” says Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
CORRECTION: Updated release from the Ministry of Health confirms the 170th death recorded in #BC was someone at a long-term care home in @Fraserhealth region. Previously reported by @adriandix as someone in @VCHhealthcare home. #COVID19 #bcpoli @NEWS1130 https://t.co/Mu1NxMvuKs
— Marcella Bernardo (@Bernardo1130) June 24, 2020
The province has now seen 170 COVID-19 deaths and 2835 confirmed cases.
No new outbreaks were recorded in the community or in healthcare facilities. However, there are still seven active outbreaks in healthcare, one of which is in acute care.
Seven of the 16 people currently hospitalized for COVID-19 are in critical care.
So far, 2,491 people have recovered from the virus.
Up now Health Min @adriandix again starting with condolences with another death in BC – now 170 – a man in VCH.
74 drs have returned to work along with 2122 in nursing to help. Some in LTC some contact tracing. #bcpoli #covid19 @NEWS1130
— LizaYuzda (@LizaYuzda) June 23, 2020
Health Minister Adrian Dix also noted 74 doctors, 2,122 nurses returned to work to offer a hand during the pandemic.
“Many of those have supported our efforts in long-term care, but they’ve also provided, continued, and will continue to provide a backbone to our system,” he says, thanking all of them for the work they’ve done.
Henry also went through future modelling of the virus transmission in the province.
New modelling on COVID-19 shows new cases in B.C. increased slightly in June after the province loosened health and safety restrictions and people had contact with each other at a rate of 65 per cent of what’s considered normal.
Henry says the uptick in new cases is manageable, but increasing contact levels could result in the sustained growth of cases during the summer.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect a clarification from ministry news staff that the person who died from COVID-19 was in the Fraser Health region, not the Vancouver Coastal Health region as originally reported.
that initially said a person died in the Vancouver Coastal Health region instead of the Fraser Health region.
-With files from Mike Hall