Three new deaths, but B.C. reports fewest new COVID-19 cases in a month

A handmade sign seen in Vancouver's Strathcona neighbourhood during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Three more people have died of COVID-19 in B.C., and at least 14 new cases of the disease have been confirmed according to a joint statement issued Thursday by B.C. health officials.

It is the lowest number of new cases officials have reported since March 15.

However, in an email, the Ministry of Health reported 15 new cases in long-term care facilities alone, while Fraser Health also confirmed a case at the North Fraser Pretrial Centre.

The newly-confirmed cases also do not include inmates at the federally-operated Mission Institution, multiple people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus since Wednesday.

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There were three new outbreaks in long-term and health-care facilities, including the first outbreak in the Interior.

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The province said four additional long-term care facilities where outbreaks had previously been declared over, had new cases confirmed on Thursday.

According to the Ministry of Health there are now 1,575 lab-confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the province, and 983 of those have fully recovered.

However, data from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control showed that the Vancouver Coastal Health region had reported no new cases on Thursday, suggesting a delay in reporting.

There were 120 people in hospital from the disease Thursday, down 11 from Wednesday. Fifty-six of them are in intensive care, down three from the day prior.

Seventy-eight people have died of COVID-19 in B.C., according to the province.

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