An additional 81 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in B.C. over the past 72 hours in B.C., including 38 new cases reported in Interior Health.
Two more people have died from COVID-19 in that time, both residents of a Vancouver hospital, bringing the total number of deaths in B.C. from COVID-19 to 193 people.
Interior Health had 11 new cases reported Thursday before the three-day total of 38 on Monday.
A total of 3,500 people have been infected in the province, with 3,043 of those people now fully recovered.
By health authority, there have been 1,064 cases in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,800 in Fraser Health, 143 on Vancouver Island, 353 in the Interior Health region and 80 in the north. Sixty people who reside outside Canada have also tested positive in B.C.
Of those, there are just 264 active cases.
Eleven people around the province remain in hospital with COVID-19 including three people in intensive care.
There is one new community outbreak of COVID-19 at a blueberry packing plant — Fraser Valley Packing — in the Abbotsford area, with 15 reported cases.
There are now 14 cases of COVID-19 reported from a Friday outbreak in on Haida Gwaii, up from an initial 13. In those cases, one person has recovered and 12 were active. At this time cases are all local residents, and while the initial source of transmission is still being investigated, the cases are all epidemiologically linked — some are related residents who had recently travelled off island, and others are from exposure to known cases.
There are no new health care-related outbreaks, but three remain active —one in a long-term care facility and two in acute care. A total of 664 cases of COVID-19 to date have been reported in care facilities, with 260 staff and 404 residents who’ve been infected.
On Monday, ahead of the BC Day long weekend, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry officially amended the public health order surrounding mass gatherings restricting the number of guests and visitors at rental properties.
The order limits the number of people allowed in short-term rentals and vacation accommodations such as hotel rooms, houses, boats, yurts and cabins be limited to the capacity of the space and a maximum of five visitors.
“That means you cannot have a large group of people over to party in your hotel room or on your boat during this period of our COVID summer,” Henry said.
The owners of the properties are responsible for ensuring this order is adhered to and that contact tracing information be gathered.
The order is the result of an uptick in cases in Kelowna, stemming from a group of six who partied in late June and early July around Canada Day. Those events have led to a surge in cases in the Interior Health region.
There are now 1,010 people in B.C. required to self isolate for the duration of the 14 day incubation period because its been confirmed they have been exposed to COVID-19.
“This is not optional,” Henry said, noting the BC CDC and health authorities are now posting all community COVID-19 exposure events in which all people who may have been exposed cannot be identified.
Henry also stressed the need for people travelling in B.C. to be courteous and not ask a venue’s staff to make exceptions to pushing tables together or accommodating large groups.
“We bend the curve, not the rules,” Henry said.
Kelowna cluster grows to 90
As of Monday, Interior Health has found 90 cases of COVID-19 stemming from an outbreak in Kelowna.
Of those, 78 are among people who reside in Interior Health and six were epi-linked cases. TWelve were amongst people who residen in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions.
IH has also identified one more epi-linked case in a health care worker at Kelowna General Hospital, bringing the number at that facility with COVID-19 to eight to date.
Earlier this month, Interior Health announced six cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed among employees at KGH, with investigations indicating they were connected to the cluster of cases in the community from early July.
Interior Health issued an advisory for multiple COVID-19 exposures in Kelowna in late June and early July back on July 10, stemming from individuals who attended gatherings and visited businesses within the time frame.