BC health officials now advise "air hugs" to help curb spread of coronavirus

Nov 5 2020, 11:53 am

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, health officials in BC are now recommending people use “air hugs” to show affection for one another and maintain proper physical distancing at the same time.

The BC Government said on Twitter that while they know people are missing connections with friends and family, there are other ways to safely reconnect.

And while “elbow bumps” have replaced fist bumps and handshakes, they also recommend people give “air hugs” a try.

The advice update comes after BC health officials reported on Wednesday that 335 new coronavirus cases had been confirmed in the province, bringing the provincially recorded total to 16,135.

In a written statement, officials said that by specific health region, this equates to 5,097 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 9,439 in the Fraser Health region, 274 in the Island Health region, 803 in the Interior Health region, 432 in the Northern Health region, and 90 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

There are 3,120 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 7,133 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

Currently, 92 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 25 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

There has been one new COVID-19-related deaths, for a total of 273 deaths in British Columbia.

A total of 12,659 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have now recovered.

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