Five more people have died from coronavirus in BC, and 40 new cases have been identified in the province, health officials said on Friday.
In an email release, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said the total number of recorded cases in the province now sits at 1,410 and the total number of deaths now sits at 55.
Broken down by health region, they said there are:
- 629 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health
- 539 in Fraser Health
- 84 on Vancouver Island
- 132 in Interior Health
- 26 in Northern Health
The number of long-term care homes in the province with a patient or member of staff who have tested positive remains at 20.
And out of the total number of cases, 128 people are in hospital, with 65 of those in intensive care.
879 people have fully recovered and are out of isolation.
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“This holiday weekend is an important time for many British Columbians of diverse faiths,” Dr. Henry and Dix said in a joint statement. “As we reflect on the past few weeks and the challenges we have all faced together, we are reminded of the importance of connecting and protecting our loved ones, our Elders, our health-care workers, and our communities.”
“This is not the time to travel, unless absolutely necessary,” they said, echoing statements made throughout the week.
“Stay at home and be creative with how you connect and celebrate with family and friends. Find the virtue in virtual and telephone connections. Find togetherness without gathering.”
On Wednesday, the BC Government announced all provincial parks would be closed until further notice, but there are still ways to get outside, Dr. Henry and Dix said.
“One can still enjoy some fresh air by going for walks or bike rides with your family in your neighbourhood and remembering to keep a safe distance.”