Health officials report 12 new cases of coronavirus in BC

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Provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry reports that there are 1,013 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), 1,576 in Fraser Health, 133 on Vancouver Island, 203 in Interior Health and 65 in Northern Health.

"'Epi-linked' means that public health investigations have shown that cases meet the case definition for COVID-19 but may not have been tested for a number of reasons".

The 31 new cases, recorded over three reporting periods from Friday to Monday, raises the provincial total to 2,978 with 156 cases still active.

There are now 16 people in hospital with the respiratory disease, four of whom are in intensive care.

This is a developing story.

Health officials say that no new outbreaks have occurred in health-care facilities or in the community. Island Heath covers an area that includes all of Vancouver Island and sections of mostly unpopulated land north of the Sunshine Coast.

While all community outbreaks have been declared over, health officials warn that new cases are still appearing. Of those cases, 19 were in hospital and two were in intensive care. An alert has been issued for anyone who was there on June 27 or June 29.

During Monday's update, Henry said B.C. hasn't seen any cases of COVID-19 connected to the large protests in Vancouver over police violence and racism against Black people.

"To protect yourself, the best things you can do are to keep the number of people you see to a minimum and as much as possible, maintain a safe distance from others and use a mask when that is challenging".

Last week, the B.C. government announced it would be easing visiting restrictions at long-term care facilities, which have been at the centre of the novel coronavirus pandemic in the province. During the 2017 wildfire season, the province was in a provincial state of emergency for 10 weeks from July 7 to September 15.

"We will continue to take the necessary steps to make sure British Columbians are safe and that the most vulnerable people are protected, while experts work to find a treatment or vaccine".