25 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C., one new virus-related death

25 new virus cases, 1 death

British Columbia saw its highest single-day jump in new COVID-19 cases in more than a month, after 25 new cases of the virus were confirmed in the past 24 hours.

The new cases bring the total positive cases in B.C. to 3,053, while active cases have risen by 12 since Thursday, to 187. One of the new cases came from the Interior Health region, where there are now four active cases of the virus.

While cases have risen, province-wide hospitalizations have dropped by one since Thursday, to 16. Five people are being treated in intensive care.

One more person in the Vancouver Coastal Health region has died from COVID-19 in B.C., bringing the total virus-related deaths to 187.

No new outbreaks of the virus have been declared, but outbreaks remain at two long-term care homes and one acute care facility.

"When spending more time with friends and family, whether that is close to home or on vacation elsewhere in the province, we remind all British Columbians to avoid closed spaces, crowds and close contact with others,” Dr. Bonnie Henry said in a statement.

"We know that the more layers of protection we use, the safer we will be. Let's all 'layer up' by washing our hands regularly, using barriers, staying a safe distance from others and using a mask when that is challenging.”

Dr. Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix will hold their next COVID-19 press conference next Tuesday.

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