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Interior Health reports third COVID-19 related death

President and CEO Susan Brown said in a media release Wednesday the person was a man in his 70s.

Regrettably, Interior Health reported its third COVID-19 relate death in the region, President and CEO Susan Brown said in a media release Wednesday.

Brown said the person was a man in his 70s.

“Today (Wednesday), Interior Health reported the third COVID-19 related death in our region since the beginning of this challenging pandemic – a man in his 70s who died in hospital,” Brown explained.

“This is a sobering reminder of how deadly COVID-19 can be and on behalf of everyone at Interior Health, we extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends who lost their loved one.

In her daily media address, Provincial Health Office Dr. Bonnie Henry also reported a death.

Wednesday Interior Health reported ten additional COVID-19 cases bringing the total in the region since the start of the pandemic to 727.

Interior Health said currently 91 cases are active and on isolation with no one in hospital.

Interior Health also reported that there are now 16 cases linked to the outbreak at the École de L’Anse-au-sable school in Kelowna.

Interior Health said approximately 175 people remain directed to isolate for 14 days.

There have been no additional exposures reported at Kelowna Secondary or St. Joseph’s schools.

Wednesday, Dr. Henry reported 287 new cases, including four epi-linked cases, for a total of 13,875 cases in British Columbia.

There has been one new community outbreak at the Okanagan Men's Centre.

Dr. Henry said there are 2,316 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 5,358 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases, and 11,244 people who tested positive have recovered.

Currently, 87 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 25 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 4,545 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 7,863 in the Fraser Health region, 253 in the Island Health region, 727 in the Interior Health region, 399 in the Northern Health region and 88 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.