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B.C. reports more than 100 COVID-19 cases for eighth straight day

FILE - Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Courtesy Government of B.C., Flickr)

B.C. announced 119 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths on Friday

Health officials urged British Columbians to use layers of protected over the long weekend to protect loved ones

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — The province’s top doctor is again urging Britsh Columbians to protect their loved ones from COVID-19 over the long weekend while reporting another 119 new infections.

“The care we show each other today will help protect all of us tomorrow, so let’s make this Thanksgiving about safe connections and safe celebrations,” said Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Deputy Minister of Health Stephen Brown, in a release.

No one else has died, leaving the total at 245.

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Of the 10,185 confirmed cases in B.C., 8,502 people recovered, making the rate slightly higher at 83.5 per cent.

Henry and Brown noted the latest outbreak at the Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre.

There are outbreaks at 15 long-term care facilities and three in acute-care centres.

No community outbreaks were reported. However, exposure events continue to be reported.

As for active cases, there are currently 1,406 while 3,180 people are under public health monitoring after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for the virus.

Patients hospitalized with COVID-19 dropped to 68, with 19 people in intensive care.

“Let’s do all we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones from COVID-19 by ensuring we always use our layers of protection this long weekend,” Henry and Brown said.