Heading into another British Columbia summer weekend, the province's top health officials are continuing to stress the need to reaffirm our commitment towards bending the COVID curve back downwards.
That after another day of case reports on the upswing, as has been the case for much of the last few weeks.
In the Friday COVID statement, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix relayed the latest details for British Columbians to take into the weekend.
“Today, we are announcing 53 new cases, including three epi-linked cases, for a total of 3,934 cases in British Columbia.
There are 386 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 3,353 people who tested positive have recovered.
There are 11 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, four of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation."
For the Province wide review for Friday, the Health Authority regions of BC reported in as follows:
1,167 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 2,069 in the Fraser Health region, 147 in the Island Health region, 389 in the Interior Health region, 93 in the Northern Health region, which remains stable and at the same amount as that of Wednesday.
There are also 69 cases of people with COVID who reside outside of Canada.
There was some positive news on the day, with the advisory that have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, which means the total of deaths in British Columbia remains at 195.
As for the path ahead and the need to be cautious to bring down the ever increasing case totals both officials offered up the following themes.
“As we see new COVID-19 hot spots emerge and the new cases creep up in every health authority, we have to keep our firewall strong. Like a wildfire, COVID-19 has the potential to rapidly burn out of control and we need to put out these flare-ups.
Today, more than 1,500 people throughout our province are self-isolating, unable to leave their home unless it is to get medical care, because they have COVID-19 or have had a high-risk exposure to the virus. This is a concern and something we can change.
We can make a difference and we know what we need to do, because we have done so already. We are calling on everyone to make COVID-19 safety our way of life – this weekend and every weekend.
In step with our increased interactions comes the need to ensure we are taking the steps to protect ourselves and those around us. We have adapted our activities, put layers of protection in place and safely restarted our province.
Now is not the time to relax and let down our guard. Let’s keep our bubbles small, use our layers of protection and give people the space to stay safe."
You can review the full Information statement from the Friday review here.
The BC Centre for Disease control has some valuable Coronavirus notes related to COVID-19 you can explore that information here.
You can learn more about the outbreak from both the Province and the Federal government from the links below:
Federal Government site
British Columbia Government site
The World Health Organization website also offers up the latest advisories on the global situation.
More from Northern Health can be reviewed here
You can review our archive of past statements and local information here.
Local governments and organizations have also provided for increased awareness of COVID-19 issues, the string of statements that came quickly at the end of the week can be reviewed here.
For notes from across Canada and British Columbia we have been archiving the latest items through our political portal Darcy McGee