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Province reports mini-spike of 50 new COVID cases entering B.C. Day long weekend

B.C. also reported one new COVID death
Dr. Bonnie Henry.

New COVID-19 cases made a slight jump in B.C. in the last 24 hours, with 50 being reported - including five epi-linked cases, said provincial health officer Bonnie Henry.

B.C. also reported one new COVID death during that time, which occurred in the Vancouver Coastal Health Region. That puts the total death toll from the novel coronavirus in the province at 195.

And while the province has not seen any new community outbreaks since occurrences at Haida Gwaii and Fraser Valley Packers Inc. in the Fraser Health Region earlier this week, there is a new health-facility outbreak, Henry said - at Dania Home, a residential care facility in Burnaby.

The small spike comes as B.C. prepares for a long weekend starting Saturday, and Henry remind people in a statement that they should not let down their guards as COVID-19 remains a threat to public health.

"We can make this B.C. Day holiday weekend one where we find the right balance: Having those important social connections with our friends and family, while taking precautions to protect ourselves and those around us,” she said. “Let's socialize safely by keeping our groups small, using the layers of protection and giving everyone enough space to stay safe, whether at a backyard barbecue, on a friend's boat or enjoying a nearby park.”

Currently, there are 278 active COVID cases in B.C., while 3,168 people have recovered from the virus.

To date, the highest occurrence of COVID-19 is in the Fraser Health Region (1,889), followed by Vancouver Coastal Health (1,088) and 369 in Interior Health.

Besides Dania Home, the only other active health-facility outbreak is at the Holy Family Hospital’s long-term care home in Vancouver.