BC health officials confirmed 16 new coronavirus cases in the province on Friday and one new death.
A Friday afternoon statement from Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix, confirmed there are now a total of 2,709 cases in British Columbia.
Broken down by health region, Henry said this equates to 922 known cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 1,396 in Fraser Health, 130 on Vancouver Island, 196 in Interior Health, and 65 in Northern Health.
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The number of active cases currently totals 187, with 12 of those cases in hospitals and three in ICU.
There are no new healthcare facility or community outbreaks.
Henry and Dix said the one death occurred in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, bringing the total of 168 deaths in BC.
A total of 2,354 cases are now considered fully recovered in the province.
Read Dix and Henry’s statement below:
“We have been monitoring our COVID-19 restart activities closely and are modifying our approach as we move forward. This includes amending the provincial health officer’s order for food and liquor service establishments to make restaurants and pubs safer for employees and patrons.
“The amended order goes step in step with enhanced worker guidance that is now available on the WorkSafeBC website.
“The requirements for this sector have been adjusted in response to small clusters of new cases in businesses, as employees spend more time together and in recognition that a safe number of patrons is highly dependent on the amount of space within each location, not the restaurant capacity.
“The best way for us to avoid spreading the virus is to ensure everyone, employees and patrons, have the space to stay safe.
“Food service owners need to remember that protecting your employees and patrons requires layers of protection in the kitchen and in the dining area. Plans need to include such things as frequent handwashing, increased cleaning, using barriers in kitchens and dining areas, and giving lots of space between tables.
“For patrons going to your local establishment, complete your checklist before going out and when you arrive. Are you healthy? Is your group small? Is the WorkSafeBC safety plan clearly posted? Are physical distancing measures and barriers in place?
“We all want to stay safe and we all have a role to play. The decisions we make and the actions we take will protect our communities and allow us to continue to progress.”