British Columbia health officials announced 22 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday afternoon.
A written statement from BC Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said these cases bring the province’s total count to 2,623.
“Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19,” the statement said. “Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 905 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,332 in the Fraser Health region, 127 in the Island Health region, 195 in the Interior Health region and 64 in the Northern Health region.”
Currently, there are 214 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 2,243 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.
And of the total cases, “32 individuals are hospitalized, seven of whom are in intensive care,” the statement said. “The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.”
In addition, “there has been one new COVID-19-related death in the Fraser Health region, for a total of 166 deaths in British Columbia.”
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The rest of the joint statement is in full below:
“COVID-19 continues to bring challenges for all of us, and in the face of this hurdle, British Columbians have continued to stand together while staying apart.
“Racialized communities face obstacles that others to do not, and we have seen British Columbians proudly stand up and speak out against racism.
“Exercising our right to peaceful demonstration is extremely important, and equally important is keeping our communities, loved ones and friends safe during this pandemic.
“Whether going to the grocery store, seeing friends on a patio or attending a peaceful demonstration, the same rules for safe physical distancing apply.
“Be mindful of the risks you are taking and continue to follow the provincial health officer’s order to limit gatherings to no more than 50 people.
“Consider alternative ways to peacefully demonstrate, as we have seen elsewhere. Gather in smaller numbers in multiple locations, maintain a safe physical distance from those around you and use a non-medical cloth mask for the brief periods when in closer contact to others.
“Let’s stand united across our province, our nation and around the world. Let’s continue to work together and learn from others to keep our firewall strong and importantly, use this time to spread the message of respect and tolerance rather than spreading the virus.”