More than 100 COVID-19 cases were confirmed in B.C. over a 3-day period
VANCOUVER -- Another 102 cases were reported in B.C., health officials said in the first provincial COVID-19 update since Friday.
At 253, B.C. now has the highest active case number since May 26. Sixteen of those patients are in hospital, and four are in intensive care.
The largest increase in cases over the last three days was between the previous update, Friday afternoon, and Saturday, when 51 cases were confirmed by testing.
It's the highest single-day increase in cases since the update from health officials on April 28.
Another 19 were confirmed between Saturday afternoon and Sunday, and 32 were confirmed between Sunday and Monday's update at 3 p.m.
Four of those Monday were epidemiologically linked, the provincial health officer said, meaning they were close contacts of others who'd been confirmed to have novel coronavirus.
No new deaths have been reported, according to Dr. Bonnie Henry.
The total number of confirmed cases is now 3,300, she said.
There were cases reported over the weekend in all of B.C.'s health regions, "which reminds us of the fact that this virus continues to circulate, and as we are moving, we're bringing it with us."
Henry said "a good number" of the most recent cases are tied to events in the Kelowna area. Read more on that story here.
More than 60 cases have been identified as connected to those exposures so far this month.
She said some of those people were in Kelowna from elsewhere in B.C. or Canada, and have since gone home.
Monday's was the first update since Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix released data by a written statement on Friday.
At that point, there were 28 new cases of the virus, which was the highest daily caseload since May 8 – before B.C. entered Phase 2 of its restart plan.
B.C. is still dealing with three active outbreaks – one in long-term care and the other two in acute care.
Henry said there have been recent alerts about possible exposures in the community and on flights into and out of the province.
For example, two flights through the Vancouver International Airport were flagged by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control late last week.
The alerts are issued in situations where public health officials are unable to ensure they've reached everyone who may have been exposed, Henry said. She urges anyone who's recently flown to check the BCCDC's website regularly.
With no new deaths, B.C.'s toll remains at 189. Henry said 2,858 have recovered.
Henry also discussed the most recent modelling data, which suggested outbreaks in B.C. care homes saw a 20 per cent fatality rate.