COVID-19 cases in B.C. reach 659

Of those, 47 are in the vast Interior Health region. There have been 14 deaths, while 183 people have recovered from the virus

Speaking Wednesday in Victoria, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported 42 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C and one new death related to the outbreak — at the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver.

As of March 25, there are a total of 659 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C. The cases span all B.C. health regions: Vancouver Coastal (339), Fraser Health (218), Island Health (47), Interior Health (46) and Northern Health (9).

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Since COVID-19 hit British Columbia, 14 people have died, while 64 remain in hospital. Of those, 26 are in intensive care. A total of 183 people have recovered so far.

Of the 14 deaths, 11 have been linked to the outbreak at the Lynn Valley Care Centre, one to Vancouver’s Haro Park Centre and two are residents in the Fraser Health region. Everyone who has died was over 70 years of age.

At least nine seniors’ homes or facilities have been affected: Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver, Hollyburn House in West Vancouver, Haro Park Centre and Little Mountain Place in Vancouver, Dufferin Care Centre in Coquitlam, Delta View Care Centre in Delta, German-Canadian Care Home in South Vancouver, Broadway Pentecostal Lodge in Vancouver — which reported its first case on Wednesday, with one staff member infected — and Evergreen Heights Assisted Living in White Rock. 

As of March 23, a total of 26,681 people had been tested for COVID-19 in B.C.

“We’re still in the waiting and watching phase,” Henry said, though she said she remains hopeful serious social-distancing measures, restrictions on public gatherings and businesses will have an impact.

She suggested that next week would provide a clearer picture of the breadth of the epidemic.

“We are a generation behind, we know there are people who have been exposed,” she said.

Henry said she was heartened by the slow growth in hospitalized cases. Most of the people in hospital are older patients and people with previous medical issues.

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