Three more COVID-19 fatalities in B.C.
Over the weekend, 30 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in B.C. and three more people have died from the virus — all of whom were residents of the Lynn Valley Care Home in North Vancouver, where there has been an outbreak of the virus.
Twenty-nine of the new cases of COVID-19 are in the Vancouver Coastal, Fraser and Island health regions, along with one new case in Interior Health, bringing the region’s total number to two.
The second case in the Interior Health region involved a passenger on a March 10 WestJet flight to Kelowna from Vancouver.
The three new fatalities brings the number of deaths to four in B.C.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said B.C.’s total number of confirmed cases is now up to 103. Six people are in hospital, while all others are in stable condition and recovering at home.
Five people have recovered and some others are awaiting test results to be cleared.
Henry also stressed that four of the 30 cases came from people who attended a 15,000-person dental conference that took place in Vancouver on March 6 and March 7.
She said anyone who was at that conference needs to self-isolate immediately, noting the provincial government was not made aware the conference was happening ahead of time.
Notes warning attendees they must self isolate have been sent out, Henry said.
Meanwhile, in an effort to allow 811 health-care professionals to support more people who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who require assistance with other health issues, the province has created a dedicated phone service to provide residents non-medical information about COVID-19.
This includes the latest information on travel recommendations and social distancing, as well as access to support and resources from the provincial and federal governments. Residents can call 1-888-COVID10 seven days a week, from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Information is available in more than 110 languages.