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COVID-19: Health officials announce 50 new cases, one new death

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Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced the new cases and the new death in a written statement Friday afternoon.

There has been one new death from the virus in the past day for a new total of 195 while a total of 3,168 have recovered.

The province recorded 50 COVID-19 cases and an outbreak at another care home ahead of the Friday before the B.C. Day long weekend, as well as another death.

The number of people testing positive for the coronavirus in BC continues to rise.

This is the first outbreak in a long-term care facility in Fraser Health since June 17, according to the health authority.

Dr. Henry and Dix said public health teams are continuing to support the active outbreaks on Haida Gwaii and at Fraser Valley Packers Inc. Of the 50 new cases, five cases are epidemiologically-linked, meaning people who were never tested but were presumed to have COVID-19 because they developed symptoms and were close contacts of a laboratory-confirmed case.

The latter outbreak prompted the provincial government to announce Thursday that it would restrict non-resident travel to the archipelago.

"Let's socialize safely by keeping our groups small, using the layers of protection and giving everyone enough space to stay safe, whether at a backyard barbecue, on a friend's boat or enjoying a nearby park".

On Friday, the province released a website titled "Dr. Bonnie Henry's Good Times Guide", aimed at helping people recreate in a safe manner during the pandemic. There have been 144 in Island Health, 369 in the Interior Health region, 88 in Northern Health and 63 cases in people who reside outside of Canada.

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