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B.C. reports 30 new COVID-19 cases in three days, no new deaths

Good COVID-19 numbers for B.C., but concerns about a possible spike
Dr. Bonnie Henry announces 30 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province on Monday, June 8, bringing the provincial total to 2,659 cases, in the latest update since Saturday, June 6.

Health officials on Monday reported 30 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. over the past three days and no new deaths.

There were 14 positive cases from Friday to Saturday, six cases from Saturday to Sunday, and nine from Sunday to Monday. The province also announced one new epi-linked case.

There are 2,659 confirmed cases of the disease in the province. Of those, 2,309 patients have fully recovered, or about 87 per cent.

B.C. health officials announce 30 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths
B.C. health officials announce 30 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths

B.C. now has just 183 active cases, a decrease of 10 since the last report on Friday.

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Sixteen patients are in hospital, with four of them in intensive care.

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The province’s COVID-19 death toll remains at 167.

On Friday, the province announced just one new case of COVID-19 in B.C in a 24-hour period.

An outbreak at the New Vista Society has been declared over, leaving four long-term care or assisted-living facilities with active outbreaks.

‘Summer holidays and travel will be different this year’: Dr. Bonnie Henry on making plans during pandemic
‘Summer holidays and travel will be different this year’: Dr. Bonnie Henry on making plans during pandemic

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said officials are working with local health authorities and care homes around developing guidelines around visits to long-term care homes, which she expects to be in place in the coming weeks.

Outbreaks at two poultry facilities — Superior Poultry in Coquitlam and Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry in Chilliwack — have been declared over.

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While the numbers are encouraging, neither Henry nor Dix say they aren’t able to give a specific date when the province would move to Phase 3 of its plan to reopen the economy, which would include easing restrictions on travel.

Henry said they are “moving slowly” so “that communities that rely on tourism are able to have people come and visit and do it in a way that doesn’t overwhelm their capacity.”

“Summer holidays and travel will be different this year and I’m encouraging all of us to be respectful of the communities that we plan to visit.”

— With files from Simon Little