Twelve new COVID-19 cases in B.C., including one in the Interior

12 new virus cases, 0 deaths

There are 12 more cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia, one of which is in the Interior Health region.

The new cases bring the total positive tests in the province to 2,916, but with more recoveries, active cases of the virus fell by one from Monday, down to 152. Currently 18 people in B.C. are hospitalized with COVID-19, four of whom are being treated in ICU.

There have now been 201 positive tests in the Interior, but three active cases remain. It's unclear what regions of the Interior the active cases remain in.

Once again, there have been no new virus-related deaths in B.C. A total of 174 British Columbians have died from the virus since the beginning of the pandemic.

No new outbreaks of COVID-19 were declared Tuesday, and the outbreak at Abbotsford's Valhaven Home long-term care facility was officially declared over. Outbreaks remain at four long-term care homes in the province, along with one acute care facility.

In a joint statement, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix reminded Canadians to maintain physical distance while celebrating Canada Day.

“Tomorrow, as we all celebrate Canada Day, we remind everyone to follow the rules for safe social interactions, limit your interactions and keep your bubbles small, maintain a safe distance from others and stay home if you are feeling ill,” the statement said.

"While this will be a different Canada Day for all of us, there are many virtual celebrations being planned and other fun ways to safely connect with friends and family. By doing our part, we can continue to keep our curve flat and protect our communities and those we care for most."

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