An additional 26 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in B.C. over the past 72 hours.
A total of 2,904 infections have been recorded to date in the province, with 2,577 of those people now fully recovered.
By health authority, there have been 1,529 cases in Fraser Health, 979 cases in Vancouver Coastal, 200 in the Interior Health — one more from Friday —131 on Vancouver Island and 65 in Northern.
In the last three day no new deaths were recorded, remaining at 174.
There are 153 active cases in BC, of which 18 people are in hospital, five of whom are in intensive care. All 18 people in hospital are in Fraser (11) and Vancouver Coast (7). There are no people in hospital, and only two active cases in the Interior Health region.
No new health-care related outbreaks have been reported. There remain six outbreaks (five long-term care homes and one acute-care ward in hospital) affecting 386 residents and 229 staff.
There was one “exposure event” for COVID-19 over the weekend, at Brandi’s strip club in Vancouver, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said.
She said three people who were at the club tested positive for the virus and health officials have been engaged in contact tracing, but public health is releasing the name of location because they have been unable to contact all who were at the strip club on June 21, 22, 23 and 24 from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. each day. Patrons on days and during those hours could have been exposed to COVID. If so, they should call 811 and arrange to get tested.
Henry said the strip club was operating under the same event licence that applies to pubs and was closed because its safety plan was deemed inadequate.
“I think there are concerns and I think they are skirting the rules in some ways,” Henry said, noting guidelines are not in place to punish businesses, but to ensure the virus doesn’t get out of control, as can be seen in the United States and parts of South America and Europe.
With B.C. now entering phase three of it’s economic reopening plan, Henry said it’s going to be a challenging summer.
“COVID-19 remains a threat for everyone. Even though our new cases are lower, we must keep them there,” Henry said.
She said people need to support contact tracing efforts and keep their social bubbles small in order to manage the spread of COVID-19.
“One slip is all we need to cause a significant rebound and we have seen that happen in jurisdictions around us,” she said.
Health Minister Adrian Dix noted B.C. is back up to the pre-virus number of scheduled, non-urgent surgeries being conducted weekly across the province.
“It’s been between 6,200 and 6,500 surgeries a week for the past three weeks, which is impressive,” Dix said.