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Update -

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

"Today, we are announcing 50 new cases, including five epi-linked cases, for a total of 3,641 cases in British Columbia.

"There are 278 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 3,168 people who tested positive have recovered.

"Of the total COVID-19 cases, five individuals are hospitalized, two of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 1,088 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,889 in the Fraser Health region, 144 in the Island Health region, 369 in the Interior Health region, 88 in the Northern Health region and 63 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

"There has been one new COVID-19 related death in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, for a total of 195 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"There has been one new health-care facility outbreak at Dania Home in the Fraser Health region. There are now two long-term care facilities and one acute-care facility with active outbreaks.

"There are no new community outbreaks. Public health teams continue to support the active outbreaks on Haida Gwaii and at Fraser Valley Packers Inc.

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Interior Health has provided the latest COVID-19 figures for the region reporting nine new cases in the past 24 hours.

There have now been 369 cases in the Interior throughout the pandemic.

Within IH residents, there are 137 cases linked to Kelowna since June 26th - this is an increase in these linked cases from yesterday of seven, which reflects additional information received while investigations are ongoing.

Nobody in the Interior is currently in hospital.

Dr. Bonnie Henry and provincial officials will provide further details later this afternoon.

More to come.

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