Northeast B.C virus free for three weeks

There have been no new cases of the coronavirus reported in northeast B.C. over the last three weeks, according to the latest data from the BC Centre for Disease Control.

There remained just 16 cases in the region at Aug. 6, all of which have recovered. There have been no reported deaths, and no new cases since July 17.

The Northern Health region has reported 93 total cases since the virus outbreak began at the end of 2019, and was declared a global pandemic in March.

The majority of those have recovered, and there are 18 active cases, all in the northwest region. There is an ongoing outbreak on Haida Gwaii, linked to residents who either travelled off the island, or had contact with someone who did. None are hospitalized.

There have also been no new cases reported in the northern interior since July 17, which includes Prince George.

The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is a new respiratory virus first reported in Wuhan, China, on Dec. 31, 2019.

It causes a disease that has been named COVID-19. Its most common symptoms are dry cough, tiredness, and fever, but it can also develop into a severe and sometimes fatal pneumonia.

There have been 195 deaths linked to the virus in B.C. and 3,881 cases in the province to date. Most people — 3,315, or 85% — have recovered.

There are 371 active cases; 11 people were in hospital, including five in intensive care as of Aug. 6.

"Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds," the BCCDC says. "Using soap and water is the single most effective and preferred way of reducing the spread of infection."

Scientific research continues for an effective treatment and vaccine. 

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