A further uptick in cases in British Columbia was announced at the provincial government’s daily press briefing on Thursday.
There are now 271 cases in the province, up from 231 on Wednesday.
The majority of cases, 152, remain in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, where ongoing outbreaks at care homes make up most of the spread.
The Fraser Health region has 81 cases, Vancouver Island has 22, the Interior Health region has 12 cases and there are four cases in the North.
There are now 17 people in hospital, up from 13 people on Wednesday and nine are in intensive care.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry also reported one additional death, a resident of the Lynn Valley Care Centre. Eight people have now died from the virus in B.C.
Henry also reminded the public that social distancing measures and improved hygiene measures are not optional.
“I want to be very clear. Everybody needs to take these actions now, and this is what is going to protect us for the next few weeks,” she said.
Despite the dramatic changes our society has seen, Henry said she feels heartened by some of the ways British Columbians are maintaining important social connections, despite people physically distancing themselves from one another.
“Right now is the time we want everybody to lay low,” she said.