Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:
"Today, we are providing case updates for two 24-hour reporting periods: May 23 to May 24, and May 24 to midday today.
"In the first reporting period through May 24, we had five new cases. In the last 24 hours, we have had a further seven new cases.
"This represents 12 new cases since we reported on Saturday, for a total of 2,530 cases in British Columbia.
"There are 267 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 2,102 people who tested positive have recovered.
"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 37 individuals are hospitalized, seven of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
"Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 894 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,253 in the Fraser Health region, 127 in the Island Health region, 194 in the Interior Health region and 62 in the Northern Health region.
"We are saddened to report four new COVID-19 related deaths in the Fraser Health region, for a total of 161 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to the family, friends and caregivers of these individuals, as well as to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks. In total, 14 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and two acute-care units have active outbreaks.
Dr. Bonnie Henry has provided the latest figures of COVID-19 in BC.
(Previous numbers in brackets)
New Cases – 12 *Day 1-5, Day 2-7
Total Cases – 2,530 (2,517)
Patients in Hospital – 37 (39)
Patients in ICU – 7 (8)
Recovered – 2,102 (2,057)
New Deaths – 4
Totals Deaths – 161 (157)
Health region breakdown;
Vancouver Coastal – 894 (890)
Fraser – 1,253 (1,244)
Island – 127 (127)
Interior – 194 (194)
Northern – 62 (62)
More to come.