VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — Four more British Columbians have died from COVID-19 and another 498 people are infected with the virus since Tuesday.
There are 4,851 active cases of the virus, with 281 people in hospital with 83 in intensive care.
Due to a lab sequencing issue, the province is not reporting data surrounding variants of concern.
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There have been a total of 89,427, cases, 1,411 deaths in B.C., and 83,083 people who tested positive have recovered.
So far, 444,140 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been rolled out and 87,093 people have received their second doses.
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In the joint statement from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix, say if you choose to see others, “please connect safely, so you are not inadvertently increasing the risks to your loved ones or yourself.”
Public health orders now allow for outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people in public spaces or outside homes.
“Some may choose a day of snowshoeing, others a bike ride with friends or a playdate at your local beach. The key is to keep it small, to keep to the same group of people and to keep using your protective layers,” Henry and Dix say.