COVID-19 update: 22 new cases in B.C.

COVID-19 update: 22 new cases in B.C.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reports 22 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. (Government of BC Flickr)

Times-Chronicle Staff

Provincial health officials announced 22 new cases of COVID-19 in a joint statement on Wednesday, for a total of 2,613 cases across B.C.

The statement also reported one more COVID-19 related death over the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths to 166. There are 214 active cases in the province, with 32 people in hospital and seven in intensive care.

Interior Health remains at 195 cases, the third highest out of the five health regions in the province. Fraser Health continues to have the most cases, with a total of 1,332.

Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix reported no new community or health-care facility outbreaks. The number of assisted living and long term care home outbreaks is now down to six, while seven community outbreaks remain active.

“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,” said the joint statement.

Health officials are urging people to remember the threat of the virus spreading in large groups, like those seen at protests around the continent over the weekend.

“Exercising our right to peaceful demonstration is extremely important, and equally important is keeping our communities, loved ones and friends safe during this pandemic,” read the statement. “Consider alternative ways to peacefully demonstrate, as we have seen elsewhere.”

Dr. Henry and Dix suggest gathering in smaller numbers in many locations, staying two metres apart and wearing a non-medical cloth mask when in closer contact with 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.”