VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — Five more people have died from COVID-19 in B.C., but almost two thirds of people diagnosed have recovered.
Two people who died were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region while three were in the Fraser Health region, according to a joint statement from Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer Friday.
“We are saddened to report five new COVID-19 related deaths,” the statement reads. “We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones.”
The total number of people who have passed away is now 55.
The province also announced 40 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number up to 1410.
The recovery rate remains 62 percent, with 879 people no longer requiring isolation.
The statement says there have been no new outbreaks at long term care homes, however 20 are still affected.
BREAKING: Five more people have died of #COVID19 in BC (55). There are 40 new cases for a total of 1,410. The recovery rate holds steady at about 62 per cent, which it's been for a few days. There are no new long-term outbreaks (still 20 facilities.) Details on @NEWS1130.
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Health officials took the opportunity to remind British Columbians to avoid travel this holiday weekend.
“This is not the time to travel, unless absolutely necessary. Stay at home and be creative with how you connect and celebrate with family and friends. Find the virtue in virtual and telephone connections. Find togetherness without gathering,” the statement reads.
“British Columbians coming home from travel are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival and complete a self-isolation plan. It is crucial for all of us to stay strong in our commitment to flatten the curve.”
Two new sites are up and running in the event of a surge in cases.
“The 271-bed Vancouver Convention Health Centre and 80 new beds at Royal Columbian Hospital are set up as alternate care sites and ready to be operationalized as needed. This is a critical step to ensure that B.C. is prepared for the worst as we work for the best outcome.”