Two new COVID cases reported in northern B.C.

The province reported two new test positive cases of COVID-19 in northern B.C. Friday, with the region's lab-confirmed total up to 62.

Provincially, there were 18 new test positives reported May 22, which brings B.C.'s total to 2,507. Of those 310 are active.

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Of the Northern Health caseload, there were 57 people listed as recovered. There is one person in hospital in critical care, and more than 5,050 people tested to date.

There were three new deaths reported Friday, all in the Fraser health region, with 155 deaths to date in B.C. There are 2,042 people who have recovered (+22).

There are 41 patients hospitalized (-2), 8 in critical care (no change), and the rest are at home in isolation.

There are 1,236 cases in the Fraser health region, 888 cases in the Vancouver-Coastal region, as well as 194 in the Interior, and 127 on Vancouver Island.

"The discrepancy between new cases and total cases with the Interior Health and Island Health regions reported today are a data consolidation to reflect COVID-19 cases based on where individuals reside, even if they were not in the health authority during their illness," Dr Bonnie Henry said.

"Nine of the cases in Interior Health and one case in Island Health are individuals associated with the Kearl Lake outbreak, who completed their self-isolation in Alberta and have since recovered."

Across the border, there are 18 active cases, 199 recoveries, and 15 deaths in northern Alberta.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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