Less than three percent of Northern Health tested for COVID-19

Approximately 5,200 tests conducted over last 60 days - or 88 a day.

Going into Canada Day, there have been a total of 8,130 COVID-19 tests conducted in Northern Health – or less than three percent of the population.

“Northern Health provides a full range of health care services to the 285,131 residents of Northern British Columbia,” notes Northern Health’s 2017/18 to 2019/2020 service plan.

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More than 7,000 people work for Northern Health. Their facilities include more than two dozen hospitals, 14 long-term care facilities, public health units and community offices providing specialized services.

As of April 27 there were a total of 2,839 COVID-19 tests conducted in Northern Health – or less than one percent of the population. Throughout May and June, approximately 5,291 COVID-19 tests have been taken in Northern Health. This averages to about 88 per day in the region.

Visit the BC COVID-19 Dashboard for real time results and testing across British Columbia.

Heading into Canada Day - Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC's provincial health officer, have issued the following a statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus.

 "Today, we are providing case updates for three 24-hour reporting periods. In the first reporting period from June 26 to June 27, we had 10 new cases. In the second reporting period from June 27 to June 28, we had 14 cases. In the last 24 hours, we have had a further two new cases." 

This represents 26 new cases since we reported on Friday, for a total of 2,904 cases in British Columbia. There are 153 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 2,577 people who tested positive have recovered. "Of the total COVID-19 cases, 18 individuals are hospitalized, five of whom are in intensive care.

The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation. “Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 979 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,529 in the Fraser Health region, 131 in the Island Health region, 200 in the Interior Health region and 65 in the Northern Health region.

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