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B.C. confirms 2,354 new cases of COVID-19, for total of 33,238

The province saw its highest number of fatalities over the weekend, with 46 deaths
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Dr. Bonnie Henry gives provincial update. Photo: Screengrab.

There are now 33,238 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in B.C. after health officials announced 2,354 new cases Monday.

From Friday to Saturday there were 750 new cases, from Saturday to Sunday there were 731, and from Sunday to Monday there were 596.

10 of the new cases were epi-linked.

An additional 277 historical cases reported, too.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reports that there have been 371 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,365 in the Fraser Health region, 58 in the Island Health region, 212 in the Interior Health region, 73 in the Northern Health region and one new case who resides outside of Canada

There have been five new health-care facility outbreaks and two outbreaks have been declared over. There are outbreaks in 57 long-term care facilities and five in acute care. 

There has been one new community outbreak.

There have been 46 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 441 deaths in British Columbia.

Of the total COVID-19 cases, 316 individuals are hospitalized, 75 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation. As well,10,139 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

There are 8,855 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and 23,111 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.

“This has been a challenging pandemic for all of us, with so many of the usual ways that we connect with those we care about – our families, friends and communities – paused or significantly changed as a result of COVID-19," said Henry. 

“For the many occasions and daily life activities that we would normally do together, we must stay apart. And despite how difficult this may be, most people in B.C. are doing the right thing.

“People have followed the orders and used the important layers of protection because it is a responsibility we have to each other and our fellow citizens, and is how we show we care.

“If you are thinking that it may be okay for you to bend the rules, remember that COVID-19 is a serious, life-threatening illness.

“By choosing to make the exception for yourself, you are not only going against all that we are doing to slow this virus down and putting yourself at risk, but you are also endangering the lives of others.

“We are facing a significant storm surge, which is why, with the start of vaccine availability only a few short weeks away, it is so important for all of us to work together to keep our wall strong, to push back on COVID-19 united and together.

“Remember that you are not alone in your sacrifice; it is our collective effort that makes the difference and will see us through.

“We have done this before and we can do it again. Let’s do our part today to slow community transmission, to slow COVID-19 and protect everyone in our province.”