The latest B.C. COVID-19 numbers: 1,370 cases, 858 recovered, 50 deaths

Health officials announced 34 new cases and an additional two deaths on Thursday

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says we must keep our firewall strong in the fight against COVID-19.

At Thursday's press briefing, Henry additional an 34 cases of COVID-19 in B.C., bringing the total number of people who have tested positive to 1,370.

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Of those infected, 858 have so far recovered.

A total of 50 people have now died of the disease in B.C., including two announced Thursday, located in the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions, where care homes continue to be greatly affected by the pandemic.

The continued reduced number of new cases, however, shows evidence that social distancing and self-isolation measures are working, but we are not over the hump yet, Henry said.

"We all need to continue to do this. Going into this long weekend, it's more important than ever that we keep going. I know this is a challenging time for many of us, physically, emotionally, mentally, especioally when those connections we need are virtual connections," she said.

By health region, there have been 626 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Health region, 508 in the Fraser Health region, 82 on Vancouver Island, 130 in the Interior Health region.

Of 132 people who remain in hospital with the disease, 10 are in the Interior Health region, according to an update provided by Health Minister Adrian Dix on Thursday.

Thursday's update also revealed that one of the 21 affected care homes has now been declared outbreak-free, however the remaining 20 homes where outbreaks have been declared have seen 143 residents and 92 staff infected with COVID-19.

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