Deaths from COVID-19 reach 50 in B.C.; total confirmed cases at 1,370

The number of deaths in B.C. due to COVID-19 has reached 50, says provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Two additional deaths were reported Thursday, bringing the total in B.C. to 50.

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Henry said there are now 1,370 confirmed cases in B.C. Of those, 858 people were considered to be fully recovered and were no longer in isolation.

There have been 82 confirmed cases on Vancouver Island, up one from Wednesday. There are 626 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 508 in Fraser Health, 130 in Interior Health and 24 in Northern Health.

There are 132 people are in hospital. Sixty-eight people are in intensive care or critical care units.

Not everyone who might have COVID-19 is tested. Guidelines from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control limit testing to people who are hospitalized or likely to be hospitalized, health-care workers, residents in long-term care, and people who are part of an investigation for a cluster outbreak. That means there could be more cases of COVID-19 in the province than what has been confirmed by tests.

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