B.C. reports 28 new cases of COVID-19, outbreak in neonatal care unit

British Columbia reported 28 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the highest single-day total since May 8.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry delivered the update in an unexpected live briefing Friday, that touched on new outbreaks at the Site C Dam and St. Paul’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

“Contact tracing is ongoing to understand how the virus was introduced into people in the NICU, and Vancouver Coastal Health is investigating with St. Paul’s and the staff there to ensure we have identified everybody,” said Henry.

A number of families and staff have been isolated and are being monitored, said Henry.

B.C. reported no new deaths on Friday, but active cases in the province rose to 207.

In total, B.C. has recorded 3,198 cases of the virus, 17 of them epi-linked. Of those, 2,802 have recovered.

Eighteen people are in hospital with COVID-19, just two of them in critical care.

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