British Columbia

B.C. marks first full week with no COVID-19 deaths since mid-March

B.C. health officials announced seven new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 2,790. Of those cases, 178 remain active.

Health officials also announce 7 new cases

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides a daily update on B.C.'s battle against COVID-19. (CBC/Mike McArthur)

For the first time since mid-March, B.C. has gone an entire week with no COVID-19 related deaths.

In a written statement on Friday, provincial health officials also announced seven new cases of COVID-19.

The update brings the total number of cases in British Columbia to 2,790. Of that number, 178 cases remain active. A total of 2,444 people have recovered.

"Our province has worked together to respond to COVID-19 as one, and the benefit is clear. We have said we must be 100% committed to flattening the COVID-19 curve," said Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix

The total number of fatalities to date remains at 168.  In the last 13 days, one person has died from COVID-19 in B.C.

Eleven people are in hospital, including six in intensive care.

Henry and Dix said there have been no new health-care facility outbreaks, although six long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute care facility have active outbreaks.

They also said there have been no new community outbreaks. Public health teams are still providing support for three remaining community locations.

Of the seven new cases, two were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region and five were in the Fraser Health Region. 

In the statement, Henry and Dix also referred to recent allegations of racist activities in emergency departments, which involve ER staff playing a "game" to guess the blood-alcohol level of Indigenous patients. 

"There is no place in our province for racism of any kind. Not on our streets, at work, at school and not in our health-care system," the health officials said.

Dix made the accusations public during a news conference Friday morning, after hearing about the allegations late Thursday.

Dix and Henry reminded British Columbians who choose to come together to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day or Fathers Day on Sunday, to "take the necessary precautions to do so safely, with kindness, compassion and tolerance."


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Maryse Zeidler

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Maryse Zeidler is a reporter for CBC News in Vancouver, covering news from across British Columbia. You can reach her at maryse.zeidler@cbc.ca.

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