The province has announced an additional 24 cases of COVID-19 in the past 48 hours, and an additional death due to the disease, which occurred in a long-term care home in the Fraser Health region, bringing to 165 the number of. COVID-19-related deaths.
There have now been 2,597 COVID-19 cases in B.C., of which 2,207 people (85 per cent have recovered.
Of the province's 224 active cases, 32 people are hospitalized and five are in critical care.
Of the 2,597 cases, 1,307 have been in Fraser, 904 have been in Vancouver Coastal, 195 have been in Interior, 127 have been in Island and 64 have been in Northern health regions.
In Interior Health, there is one person in hospital (not in intensive care). There have been 29 people admitted to Interior Health hospitals for treatment of COVID-19 during the pandemic, with two deaths. A total of 188 people in the health region have recovered from COVID-19.
There have been no new health-care outbreaks. In total, 12 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care unit have active outbreaks affecting 341 patients and 215 employees.
There has been no new community outbreaks reported.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the 24 new cases since Saturday illustrate that transmission of the novel coronavirus continues.
“We’re not out of the woods yet.”
Henry also referenced the mass protests and violence in the United States as a result of the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis. She applauded the peaceful protest in Vancouver, but cautioned those who attended to monitor their health in the days to come for signs of COVID-19.
Health Minister Adrian Dix added that, while it is important to protest the scourge of racism, he added the pandemic means physical distancing is essential and that those wishing to protest must find ways to do it while adhering to the health protocols.
Henry also noted transit is now fully operaitonal, with front-end loading and payment resuming, and she encouraged users to wear face masks and try to travel during off-peak hours, if possible.
Henry reiterated her "fewer faces and bigger spaces" mantra as more and more people slowly, and gradually return to work and begin to frequest stores and restaurants.