There are now 6,962 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in B.C. after health officials announced 132 new cases Friday.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reports that there are 2,419 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), 3,600 in Fraser Health, 190 on Vancouver Island, 465 in Interior Health and 204 in Northern Health.
Additionally, there have been 84 cases of COVID-19 in B.C. of people who reside outside of Canada.
There has been one new health-care facility outbreak at Evergreen Hamlets long-term care facility. In total, 14 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and three acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.
There have been no new community outbreaks. However, there continue to be community exposure events at other locations and on flights into and out of the province.
There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 213 deaths in British Columbia.
Of the total COVID-19 cases, 49 individuals are hospitalized, 10 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation. As well, 3,198 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.
There are 1,461 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 5,273 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.
Alerts are posted on the BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) website, as well as on health authorities’ websites, providing details on where the potential exposure occurred and what actions to take – whether you need to self-isolate or monitor for symptoms.
“In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, our strength – as a province, as communities and as individual people – has been in all of us working together as one," said Henry.
“We know COVID-19 has not been without challenge and loss. But we are working each day to find the balance of keeping new cases low and slow to protect those who are most vulnerable, while keeping our communities going.
“There are thousands upon thousands of people across British Columbia who are doing their part to protect our province. We thank you for all that you have done and all that you continue to do.
“We have demonstrated kindness and compassion in the face of adversity and challenge, and this resilience will give us the strength for what lies ahead. Let’s continue to stand strong against our common foe that is COVID-19.