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B.C. confirms 1,933 new cases of COVID-19, for total of 27,407

There have been 17 new COVID-19 related deaths
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Dr. Bonnie Henry gives provincial update. Photo: Screengrab.

There are now  27,407 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in B.C. after health officials announced 1,933 new cases Monday.

From Friday to Saturday there were 713 cases, from Saturday to Sunday there were 626, and from Sunday to Monday there were 594.

Eleven of these new cases are epi-linked.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reports that there have been 414 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,304 in the Fraser Health region, 48 in the Island Health region, 104 in the Interior Health region, and 61 in the Northern Health region.

There were also two new cases in people who reside outside of Canada.

There have been six new health-care facility outbreaks and two outbreaks have been declared over. There are 54 long-term care centres with active outbreaks and six outbreaks in acute care.

There have been 17 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 348 deaths in British Columbia. 

Of the total COVID-19 cases, 277 individuals are hospitalized, 59 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation. As well, 10,200 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

There are 7,260 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 19,069 people who tested positive have recovered.

Public alerts and notifications are posted on the BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) website and on all health authorities’ websites.

“We’re in a very challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are asking for everyone’s help to slow the spread of the virus in our province," said Henry.

“As we have seen, this virus doesn’t pause when we are tired and doesn’t wait for us to catch up.

“This means that right now, we all need slow down our social interactions and increase our layers of protection to get over this next hurdle together. Over the next two weeks, we need to reduce the level of transmission in our province to relieve the stress on our health-care system and keep our schools and workplaces open.

“It is about putting our social gatherings with anyone outside of our immediate household on hold and only doing those things that are essential and safe right now.

“We’re asking you to put the safety measures at the top of your list and focus on making a difference, rather than thinking about shortcuts or workarounds.

“We recognize you may have questions and we have provided further details of how the orders apply to our homes, workplaces and businesses, and where the exceptions may be. This information is available at: www.gov.bc.ca/covid19

“Let’s remember that by focusing on today and doing what we can to make a difference, we will see this pandemic through.”