B.C. health officials have announced an additional 21 cases of COVID-19 in B.C. observed in the past 24 hours.
Saturday's update also brought news of one additional death due to the disease, for a total of 141 people who have now perished due to the pandemic in B.C.
Of the province's now 2,428 cases, 878 have been in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,184 in Fraser Health, 126 in Vancouver Island Health, 181 in Interior Health and 59 in Northern Health. In all, 1,932 people have fully recovered so far.
Most of the new cases are linked to ongoing outbreaks at long-term care homes, assisted living facilities and acute care units. There are now 326 residents/patients and 199 staff who have been infected at these facilities, including six staff and two patients at the most recent outbreak at Abbotsford Regional Hospital.
While no new community outbreaks were announced by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Saturday, she did provide an update for the outbreak at Oppenheimer fruit and vegetable processing plant in Coquitlam, which has spawned three total cases so far.
Henry also reminded British Columbians who work at various work camps in Alberta which have ongoing outbreaks that they must self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to this province and be mindful that they may be spreading COVID-19 inadvertently with very mild symptoms.
Henry said much of the spread in B.C. is due to people not recognizing the disease in its earliest stages.
"We know there is transmission in B.C. and across Canada where people have come together, at events like choir practice, birthday parties or funerals," she said.
A total of 49 are now in hospital due to COVID-19 and 11 of those are in critical care.