Four new COVID-19 cases for B.C.; no additional deaths

British Columbia announced four new cases of COVID-19 and no additional deaths on Friday.

A joint statement from Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said 2,562 people have tested positive for the virus and 2,170 of them have recovered.

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There have been 164 deaths related to the virus. Five of those have been in the Island Health region, which has had 127 confirmed cases. There is one active case in the region, and that person is in hospital, according to data from the province. No new Island cases were announced on Friday.

The statement says they support the federal government’s decision to maintain restrictions on cruise ships until October.

It says there have been no new health-care facility outbreaks, although 15 long-term care homes or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care unit are dealing with outbreaks.

There are also outbreaks in the community including at poultry processing facilities and in connection to workers from the Kearl Lake oil sands project in Alberta.

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