B.C. recorded 62 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 72 hours, with each day producing about 20 new cases.
There have been two more deaths from the virus in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, bringing to 189 the total number of people who have died from COVID-19 in B.C.
There are 208 active cases in the province, Of those, 14 people hospitalized, five of whom are in intensive care.
A total of 3,115 people have been infected in B.C., with 2,718 of those people now fully recovered.
By health authority, since the start of the pandemic, there have been 1,643 cases in Fraser, 1,012 cases in Vancouver Coastal, 209 cases in Interior, 135 cases in Island and 65 cases in Northern.
B.C. is also recording 51 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
There are seven additional cases being reported in Interior Health since Friday ,when health officials issued an advisory for multiple COVID-19 exposures in Kelowna in late June and early July. Six people of an initial eight reported cases related to the exposure live outside the Interior Health region.
The advisory applies to people who attended gatherings in the downtown and waterfront areas of Kelowna from June 25 to July 9. Over the weekend, Interior Health disclosed specific locations in Kelowna where people may have been exposed to COVID-19.
Anyone who attended the Discovery Bay Resort from July 1 to July 5 and the Boyce Gyro Beach Lodge on July 1 should self-isolate for 14 days. Anyone who was at the Cactus Club restaurant on Water Street from July 3 to July 6 and the Pace Spin Studio on July 2, July 4, July 5 or July 7 to July 9 is asked to self-monitor and contact public health immediately to arrange to get tested should symptoms develop.
“The main inciting incident, it would appear, were private parties held within those resort hotels,” Health Minister Dix said.
Dix added that people need to show good judgment in such situations and realize the risk of transmitting COVID-19 is high when people come together for parties as they tend to involve people from different areas who don’t know each other coming together in enclosed spaces.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reiterated that people can’t lose sight that COVID-19 symptoms can be mild, making it easy to spread the virus.
Public health is conducting contact tracing and Interior Health is reaching out to individuals who have been exposed.
Those seeking a test should call their primary care provider (family physician or nurse practitioner) or the closest Interior Health community testing and assessment centre. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, difficulty breathing and loss of sense of taste or smell.
There is one new isolation order — in Interior Health — for Krazy Cherry Fruit Co. in Oliver due to two positive COVID-19 cases associated with the farm. Public health teams are monitoring the situation and have placed restrictions on those living and working on the farm to limit the potential for further transmission.
There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks in the past three days, leaving just two long-term care or assisted-living facilities and hospital one acute-care facility with active outbreaks, both located in the Lower Mainland.