The province reported no new test positive cases of COVID-19 in northern B.C. Wednesday, with the region's lab-confirmed total remaining at 60.
Of the Northern Health caseload, there are 56 people who have recovered, leaving just four active cases in the region. There is one person in hospital in critical care, and more than 5,000 people tested to date.
Provincially, there were 21 new test positives reported May 20, which brings B.C.'s total to 2,467. Of those only 317 are active, down 20.2% from a week ago, on May 13, when 397 people had the virus and had not yet recovered, or died.
This metric is important in showing the extent of the virus in the province and the likelihood that new people will be infected — the fewer people there are who are alive and infectious, the less chance there is that uninfected people will come into contact with the virus.
The number of people carrying the virus who have not recovered, or died, has dropped every day this week in which the government has released data:
372 on May 14;
359 on May 15;
355 after the two-day period ending May 17;
335 on May 18;
and 325 on May 19.
There were three new deaths reported Wednesday, all in the Lower Mainland, with 149 deaths to date in B.C. There are 2,001 people who have recovered.
There are 43 patients hospitalized (-2), 10 in critical care (-2), and the rest are at home in isolation.
There are 1,214 cases in the Fraser health region (+18), 885 cases in the Vancouver-Coastal region (+2), as well as 182 in the Interior (+1), and 126 on Vancouver Island (no change).
The BC Centre for Disease Control says the risk of COVID-19 in the province is the lowest it has been since early March.
Across the border, there are 18 active cases, 197 recoveries, and 15 deaths in northern Alberta.
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[Reader's note: updates recovery and test numbers in northern B.C., and adds context to falling rate of active cases across B.C.]