Canadian and U.S. flags fly above the Peace Arch at the Canada-USA border in Surrey, B.C. Canada has announced U.S. residents can visit without border testing starting Aug. 9 if they are fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Canadian and U.S. flags fly above the Peace Arch at the Canada-USA border in Surrey, B.C. Canada has announced U.S. residents can visit without border testing starting Aug. 9 if they are fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Another 156 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in B.C. since Friday

Two more deaths, one senior care home outbreak

B.C. public health teams confirmed 56 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, 60 on Sunday and 40 more on Monday, with two additional deaths related to the coronavirus in the Lower Mainland over the weekend.

Last week B.C. reported 54 new confirmed infections on Thursday and 45 on Friday, with the seven-day moving average of daily cases dipping to 41 by the end of the week.

As senior care homes entered their first day of expanded visitation under public health orders effective July 19, the health ministry reported one new outbreak at Holyrood Manor in Maple Ridge, the first in more than a week. An acute care outbreak at Laurel Place in Surrey Memorial Hospital continues to be monitored, with all other B.C. hospitals, long-term care and assisted living facilities free of infections with most staff and residents vaccinated.

There are currently 653 active cases of COVID-19 being monitored, up one from Friday, with 49 people in hospital, down from 60 on Friday, and 12 in intensive care, the same as Friday’s total.

The new cases for July 17-19, by region, are:

* 63 new cases in Fraser Health, 166 active

• 27 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 245 active

• 58 new cases in Interior Health, 179 active

• three new cases in Northern Health, 33 active

• four new cases in Island Health, 21 active

• one new case of a person who resides outside of Canada, 8 active

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