Thirty-three new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the Interior Health (IH) region as of Friday, March 19.
There were no new deaths reported, with the death toll remaining at 113 since the pandemic began. On Thursday, March 18, it was announced that one of the deaths was connected to an outbreak at Kelowna General Hospital.
Currently, 15 individuals are hospitalized due to the virus, with four in intensive care.
The total number of active cases in the region is 341.
IH also announced the outbreak at The Florentine in Merritt over. Two residents were affected by the outbreak.
The health authority provided the following update for current outbreaks:
- Cottonwoods Care Centre long-term care in Kelowna has 23 cases: 20 residents and three staff.
- Kelowna General Hospital unit 5B has eight cases: four patients and four staff, with one death connected to the outbreak.
Provincial health officials announced 737 cases of the virus on Friday, after 622 new infections on Thursday. The last two days are a notable increase from recent days.
But due to increasing vaccine protection, there have been no new health care outbreaks.