There are now 4,358 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in B.C. after health officials announced 84 new cases Friday.
Two of the new cases are epidemiologically linked.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reports that there are 1,354 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), 2,276 in Fraser Health, 150 on Vancouver Island, 399 in Interior Health and 107 in Northern Health.
Additionally, there have been 72 cases of COVID-19 in B.C. of people who reside outside of Canada.
There has been one new healthcare facility outbreak in the Fraser Health region at Queen’s Park Care Centre. In total, seven long-term care or assisted-living facilities and two acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.
There are no new community outbreaks. However, there continue to be community exposure events, including ones in Vancouver Coastal Health and Interior Health, and on flights into and out of British Columbia.
There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 196 deaths in British Columbia.
Of the total COVID-19 cases, 12 individuals are hospitalized, four of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
There are 629 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 3,533 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.
“Keeping a safe distance from people you don’t know or who are not in your close group of family and friends is an important way to protect yourself from COVID-19 transmission. And always stay home and stay away from others if you have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild," said Henry.
“Throughout the pandemic, regional health authorities have worked with municipalities, WorkSafe BC, and law enforcement to support and educate British Columbians about COVID-19 safety—in some cases establishing joint teams to visit shops, businesses, beaches and other public spaces to ensure we all follow public health guidance and direction.
“In the Vancouver Coastal Health region, ongoing surveillance and enforcement operations have resulted in the closure of several bars, restaurants and nightclubs following transmission events: some by public health order and others voluntarily.”
“This weekend, let’s all do our part to bend the curve back down and use our influence to bring our family and friends on board if they have strayed.
“Remember that each new interaction outside your bubble holds a risk that you then bring back to your family and friends. In these circumstances, we must stand together, by staying apart.”