New Covid-19 cases jump to 25, Holy Family deaths at 13

    Vancouver – BC’s new infections are rising and much of the surge comes from community transmission rather than institutions such as senior homes or other outbreaks.

    At the same time, Holy Family Long Term care facility has rising number of infections now totalling 71 with one more death to take fatalities to 13. One more resident is infected for 47 senior cases and 24 staff members.

    Mission Memorial Hospital has 12 infections with 1 death. Holy Family and Mission are the biggest concerns in health care outbreaks.

    BC today reported 25 new cases, a number not seen for several weeks. Yesterday it reported 20 cases.

    Since July 1 there have been 125 new cases.

    As well the active cases have jumped as a result of a high number of new cases detected.

    We now have 187 active cases whereas there were 162 active cases on July 8. This number rises or declines as people recover and are removed or added as cases go up.

    In care facilities outbreaks have affected 645 people including 398 residents and 247 and 135 deaths, all in residents.

    New since yesterday: 1 new case – 1 resident and 1 new death, both at Holy Family.

    “Today, we are announcing 25 new cases, for a total of 3,053 cases in British Columbia,” Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry reported.

    “There are 187 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 2,679 people who tested positive have recovered.

    “Of the total COVID-19 cases, 16 individuals are hospitalized, five of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation,” they said.

    “While there are no active community outbreaks in B.C., new cases and community exposure events continue to occur in the community.

    “As we continue through summer, simple steps will help us to keep COVID-19 low and slow in British Columbia.

    “When spending more time with friends and family, whether that is close to home or on vacation elsewhere in the province, we remind all British Columbians to avoid closed spaces, crowds and close contact with others.

    “We know that the more layers of protection we use, the safer we will be. Let’s all ‘layer up’ by washing our hands regularly, using barriers, staying a safe distance from others and using a mask when that is challenging.