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12 more COVID-19 cases in B.C., two deaths at Holy Family Hospital care home

Last Updated Jun 30, 2020 at 7:47 pm PDT

FILE - Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Courtesy Government of B.C., Flickr)
Summary

The province recorded 12 new COVID-19 cases on the same day it relaxed visitation rules for care homes

Two deaths were reported later at Holy Family Hospital care home, these have not been confirmed by the province yet

The outbreak at Valhaven Home in the Fraser Health region has been declared over

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — The province recorded 12 new COVID-19 cases, and initially reported no deaths on the same day it relaxed visitation rules for care homes in B.C.

However, two deaths were reported later in the day at the Holy Family Hospital care home. These deaths have not yet been confirmed by the Ministry of Health.


It was the fourth consecutive day with no deaths before that announcement, while June saw just 10 in total, which is down from 53 deaths in May.

B.C. has now had 176 deaths, including the ones reported by Holy Family, related to the coronavirus since the pandemic began, with more than half linked to long-term care homes.

“Today is a positive day for all British Columbians,” says a statement from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix. “With the necessary pieces in place, long-term care facilities and seniors assisted-living residences can now begin allowing visitors.”

Care homes still have to get safety plans in place before visits can begin, the province announced earlier in the day.

It also reported no new outbreaks, while the one at Valhaven Home in the Fraser Health region has been declared over.

Active outbreaks remain at four long-term care and assisted-living facilities, as well as one acute care ward.

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Care homes with active outbreaks will not be allowed visitors.

B.C. currently has 152 active cases of COVID-19, with 18 people in hospital, including four in intensive care.

The recovery rate from the virus is close to 89 per cent.

Cases by health regions since the start of the pandemic: 981 in Vancouver Coastal; 1,538 in Fraser; 131 in Island; 201 in Interior; and 65 Northern.

“Tomorrow, as we all celebrate Canada Day, we remind everyone to follow the rules for safe social interactions, limit your interactions and keep your bubbles small, maintain a safe distance from others and stay home if you are feeling ill,” say Henry and Dix.

“While this will be a different Canada Day for all of us, there are many virtual celebrations being planned and other fun ways to safely connect with friends and family. By doing our part, we can continue to keep our curve flat and protect our communities and those we care for most.”

– With files from Mike Hall, Liza Yuzda, Marcella Bernardo, Ria Renouf