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28 new COVID-19 cases in B.C., 35 cases connected to COVID-19 exposures in Kelowna

BY , Jul 18, 2020 12:34 AM - REPORT AN ERROR

(File) -  British Columbia's public health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry giving her views during a press conference. - B.C. government

BC's top doctor is urging residents not to let COVID-19 steal their summer as she reported more outbreaks and cases around the province.

Doctor Bonnie Henry says she feels for those people who want to get out and have fun, but it needs to be done in a way that minimizes the risk of community transmission.

She says there are now 35 cases connected to COVID-19 exposures in the Kelowna area that Health Minister Adrian Dix had said were connected to private parties around Canada Day.

That's in addition to a new outbreak reported at the neo-natal intensive care unit at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, where several people have tested positive for COVID-19, including an infant.

Dr. Henry says there's also been an alert issued for potential exposure to COVID-19 the Sandman hotel on Davie Street in Vancouver between July 7 and July 16.

One case has been discovered in a worker from Alberta at the Site C dam project, although Henry says that person was isolated before having contact with other workers.

BC is reporting 28 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday for a total of 3,198.

There have been no new deaths in the last day and just over 2,800 people have fully recovered from their illness.

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