Health officials in British Columbia are scheduled to provide a COVID-19 update on Friday afternoon.
The live update comes after 887 new coronavirus cases were announced on Thursday, bringing the provincially recorded total to 29,973.
There are currently 7,899 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 294 individuals that are hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those individuals, 64 are in intensive care.
There are also 10,307 people that are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.
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On Thursday afternoon, BC Premier John Horgan also explained that he’s never opposed any guidance from BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, stressing his relationship with top health officials is based on collaboration and trust.
If there were ever questions whether Horgan was influencing Henry’s public health orders for political or economic reasons, the premier put uncertainty to rest at his media availability following his new cabinet’s swearing-in ceremony.
“I’ve never interfered. That’s not how [we] operate,” he said. “We come to conclusions based on the best advice we get.”
“We knew this [pandemic] was going to be gruelling,” he continued. “I’m very comfortable with the approach we’ve taken.”
Friday’s update is scheduled to take place at 3 pm and can be streamed online.