B.C. cases of COVID-19 rise to 792, two more people dead

67 new cases, 2 more deaths

Another 67 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been identified in British Columbia Friday, and two more people have died.

As a result, there have now been 792 cases of the virus in the province, although 275 of these patients have fully recovered.

The announcement comes following a press conference earlier Friday morning outlining where the province stands compared to other jurisdictions, and how physical distancing and travel restrictions have begun to slow the rate of spread of the virus.

Of the 792 cases in the province, 70 have been identified in the Interior Health region. The Vancouver Coastal Health region has the most confirmed cases, with 391, and the two recent deaths occurred within the VCH area. As of Friday, 16 people in the province have died due to the virus. 

Seventy-three COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized in B.C., while the majority are recovering at home.

"Two additional long-term care homes in the Fraser Health region have staff with confirmed cases of COVID-19, The Harrison at Elim Village and Chartwell Independent Living at Langley Gardens,” Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said in a joint statement.

”In total, 11 long-term care homes in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions have confirmed cases of COVID-19. Public health officials are providing support to implement outbreak protocols.”

Dr. Henry and Dix will host their daily update again Saturday afternoon.

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