No new COVID-19 deaths in B.C., as number hospitalized hits 11-week low

The number of British Columbians in hospital with the novel coronavirus has fallen to an 11-week low.

Just 26 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 remain in hospitals, officials announced Thursday — the lowest number since March 20.

Six of those patients are in intensive care.

The province announced nine new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, and no new deaths.

Five of the cases were determined through testing, while four are “epidemiologically-linked” cases.

Those cases, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry explained, are people who were in close contact with someone who tested positive, and developed symptoms, but never received a test.

Henry said the province has been tracking such cases since the start of its Phase 2 plan on May 19, and that all four epidemiologically-linked cases have since recovered.

As of Thursday, more than 86 per cent of B.C.’s 2,632 patients have recovered, while the province’s death toll stands at 166.

The province has confirmed one new community outbreak at the Beresford Warming Shelter, a facility for the homeless in Burnaby.

Henry said “most” of the three cases involved staff members, and that Fraser Health was investigating.

B.C. health officials also unveiled new epidemic modelling, Thursday.

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Earlier Thursday, the federal government announced a new one-time, $300 COVID-19 support payment for seniors in July.

New federal modelling on Thursday also projected up to 9,400 coronavirus deaths nationally by mid-June.

That death toll remains heavily driven by fatalities in Ontario and Quebec.

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