First death related to COVID-19 in Interior Health region confirmed

Grant Boone
April 17, 2020

There are 670 cases in the Vancouver-Coastal region (+12), 623 in the Fraser health region (+22), as well as 146 in the Interior (+5), and 92 on Vancouver Island (+3).

Also on Thursday, the province announced a new public health order that requires agricultural producers in implement infection control plans as temporary foreign workers arrive in the province to begin the spring season.

An additional 44 cases of COVID-19 were added to the total of 1,561 province-wide - with 955 people fully recovered. Another three people have died from infection with the novel coronavirus, for a total of 78 so far.

Another 14 cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths have been confirmed in B.C. It's the lowest number of new cases in weeks.

There are 131 people in hospital, Henry said, including 59 in intensive care or critical care units.

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Meanwhile, 942 people who had tested positive for the disease are now considered recovered.

There have been 94 confirmed cases on Vancouver Island, with two new cases since Wednesday.

Outbreaks in the province include 265 cases at 21 long-term care homes in the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions, 48 cases at the Mission federal penitentiary, 26 cases at Bylands Nurseries West Kelowna and one case at Okanagan Correctional Centre.

It is safe to call 911 and go to the hospital for non-COVID-19 reasons, Henry said, including diagnostic tests.

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