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Additional COVID-19 death in B.C. long term care home

Last Updated Jun 23, 2020 at 5:58 pm PDT

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Summary

B.C. recorded one COVID-19 death, 13 new cases

No new outbreaks were recorded

The province also released modelling on COVID-19

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.


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.

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.

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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