Vancouver Island reports one new case of COVID-19 — active cases in B.C. surpass 2,000

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Vancouver Island reported one new case of COVID-19 today and across the province 223 people tested positive in the past 24 hours. There are now 2,009 active cases in B.C., 89 more than yesterday. There are currently 4,637 people in the province under public health monitoring, according to a joint statement from Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Stephen Brown, deputy minister of health. 

The statement said there are 75 people in hospital with the virus, 24 of whom are in intensive care. There were no new deaths reported in the past 24 hours.

“In recent days, we have seen a number of new outbreaks of COVID-19 in the community and in long-term care facilities. Contact-tracing teams throughout our province are working around the clock to stop further spread, but it requires all of us to do our part to be successful in these efforts,” said the statement. 

Henry and Brown, in their statement, encouraged people to take a step back from social interactions and keep groups small this weekend.

“It is also the time to show kindness to those around us. None of us know the stories and experiences of those around us, so let’s make this weekend one of compassion and care for everyone,” it said.

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