Categories: News

B.C. identifies 20 new COVID-19 cases, travellers specified in count

B.C. recorded 20 new positive tests for COVID-19 on July 9, with no new community outbreaks or additional outbreaks in the health care system.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the latest cases since the coronavirus pandemic began bring the total to 3,028, of which 51 people live outside Canada. They include visitors who became ill and tested positive when in Canada, and temporary foreign workers who were found to carry the virus when they entered B.C.

The identification of non-Canadian cases is a new statistic for B.C., and comes as cases increase in most U.S. states. Travellers to Alaska stopping in B.C. have been highlighted by Premier John Horgan, with coronavirus numbers in Washington, California and other states growing as B.C. maintains a low daily total.

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said progress is being made in catching up the backlog of thousands of scheduled surgeries that were postponed since the pandemic made hospital capacity a priority. And 61 B.C. long-term care and assisted living facilities have submitted their safety plans for resuming visits for residents. Facilities province-wide should be able to invite guests in by next week, he said.

Henry expanded her warning to people who were at the No. 5 Orange strip club in Vancouver on the night of July 1. People may have been exposed over the following six days as well, as a second positive test has been identified, Henry said.

At the other end of the entertainment spectrum, Henry said she has received numerous requests about resuming choir practice and performances, which popped up early in the pandemic as high-risk events. A literature review of proper procedures is ongoing and recommendations for choirs should be available by next week, she said.

RELATED: B.C. tent camps persist as more hotels bought

RELATED: Strip club, massage parlour is COVID-19 hotspot


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Tom Fletcher

Leave a Comment
Published by
Tom Fletcher

Recent Posts

Pitt Meadows plans to observe Canada Day

Many of us are thinking of our indigenous friends: mayor

16 mins ago

Vandalism at Pitt Meadows secondary field being tallied

City working with RCMP to catch perpetrators

2 hours ago

Community donates 1,000-plus bottles of water in 1 morning for Chilliwack homeless

Goal to keep everyone hydrated during above-average temperatures, says organizer

3 hours ago

More bypassing AstraZeneca for 2nd COVID-19 shot after NACI advice

From 6,000 to 4,000: Adrian Dix says fewer people are choosing AstraZeneca for second dose

3 hours ago

Sedins join Vancouver Canucks hockey operations, will play role in Abbotsford AHL team

Henrik and Daniel Sedin named special advisors to the general manager, also work with Abbotsford

4 hours ago

One person injured in Pitt Meadows Jet Ski accident

Incident happened along the Pitt River

4 hours ago