No new COVID-19 deaths in BC for second day — active cases down

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Vancouver Island has no new cases of COVID-19 to report for a second day in a row. 

British Columbia saw 91 new cases over the last 24 hours and there are now 1,376 active cases across the province — 89 fewer than yesterday. 

The province reported no additional COVID-19 related deaths — currently 62 people are hospitalized with the virus.

Five of the new cases today are epi-linked, according to a joint release from Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC’s provincial health officer, and Stephen Brown, deputy minister of health.

There have been no new community outbreaks in the province and an outbreak at a Loblaws warehouse in Surrey has been declared over. 

“New cases and clusters of COVID-19 remain higher than where we would like them to be. The impact of this means that thousands of people in B.C. are now under active public health monitoring and care, with many forced to deal with the stress and anxiety that comes with having to self-isolate away from work, friends and family,” reads the joint statement.

Outbreaks at Bear Creek Villa independent-living facility and Normanna long-term care facility have also been declared over. Nine long-term care or assisted-living facilities and five acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.

“Each of us has the ability to make a difference by continuing to follow the COVID-19 safety basics: washing our hands frequently, giving the space to stay safe and using a mask when that is difficult, limiting our social interactions and always staying home when ill.

“By using the layers of protection, we reduce our personal risks and the number of new cases, and we make our communities safer,” reads the statement.

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