B.C. continues to have no active COVID-19 community outbreaks

Two seniors' homes and one hospital continue to have COVID-19 healthcare-system outbreaks

B.C. continues to have no active community outbreaks of COVID-19, with that defined as being clusters of cases in community settings where multiple people continue to be infected.

There are what the government calls "exposure events," at places such as the No. 5 Orange strip club, where people who were in attendance on July 1, 3, 4 and 7 are being told to monitor symptoms and to self-isolate if they believe that they have symptoms, such as a dry cough and fever.

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Two seniors' long-term care facilities have active outbreaks: Holy Family Hospital long-term care facility and Maple Hill long-term care facility. There also remains an outbreak at Mission Memorial Hospital, which spawned the outbreaks at Tabor and at Maple Hill, when infected patients were transferred to those homes from the hospital. The outbreak at the Tabor long-term care home was declared over on July 7.

B.C.'s provincial health officer Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a July 10 joint statement that the province recorded 25 new cases in the past 24 hours, for a total of 3,053 cases since the virus that has caused a global pandemic first appeared in B.C. in late January.

The breakdown of all COVID-19 infections by health region is:
• 990 in Vancouver Coastal Health;
• 1610 in Fraser Health;
• 135 in Island Health;
• 202 in Interior Health;
• 65 in Northern Health; and
• 51 people who reside outside Canada.

There was one new COVID-19-related death recorded in the past day, for a total of 187.
Of the 187 people actively fighting off the disease, 16 are in hospital, with five of those in intensive care. The rest are self-isolating at home.

The recovery rate has dipped below 87%, as 2,679 people have recovered.

"As we continue through summer, simple steps will help us to keep COVID-19 low and slow in British Columbia," Henry and Dix said in their statement.

"When spending more time with friends and family, whether that is close to home or on vacation elsewhere in the province, we remind all British Columbians to avoid closed spaces, crowds and close contact with others. We know that the more layers of protection we use, the safer we will be. Let's all 'layer up' by washing our hands regularly, using barriers, staying a safe distance from others and using a mask when that is challenging."

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