VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — The province reported 155 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, as well as an outbreak at a Tim Hortons in Merritt.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, in a statement with Deputy Health Minister Stephen Brown, also announced one new death — the 251st in B.C. since the start of the pandemic.
“There has been one new community outbreak at the Tim Hortons in Merritt. There also continue to be exposure events around the province,” she said.
Henry also said the outbreak at Kin Village, a care home in Delta, has been declared over.
There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks, while those remain active at 15 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and two acute-care units.
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With the provincial election just over one week away and advanced voting now available, Henry also had advice for voters.
“If you are planning on voting in person, remember to give others the space to stay safe when going to vote, wash your hands before and after voting, and consider using a mask if distancing is a challenge,” she said.
Elections BC has COVID-19 safety plans in place for all voting locations.
“If you are planning on voting in person, remember to give others the space to stay safe when going to vote, wash your hands before and after voting, and consider using a mask if distancing is a challenge,” Henry added.
She also encouraged British Columbians to continue to follow health and safey recommendations as flu season approaches.
“Simple steps make a big difference in keeping all of us safe.”
Cases in B.C. now total 11,189.
Of 1,513 active cases, 72 people are in hospital, down 12 from two days ago. Another 26 people are in intensive care, up two from Thursday.
A further 3,713 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases, and 9,387 people who tested positive have recovered.
For those self-isolating due to COVID-19 or who are feeling unwell, assistance is available by contacting Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683.