The latest B.C. COVID-19 numbers: 7,842 cases, 5,787 recovered, 223 deaths

B.C. health officials have announced another 139 new cases of COVID-19, identified over the past 24 hours. Three further deaths have also been announced, bringing the province's total to 223.

The province is also adding 40 confirmed cases to B.C.'s case count — people who tested positive between Aug. 11 and Sept. 16 who did not have personal health numbers.

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Of the new cases announced Friday, three are in the Interior Health region. Interior Health says there are currently 25 active cases in the region, including one in hospital.

To date, there have been 2,817 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 4,007 in Fraser Health, 196 in Vancouver Island Health, 492 in Interior Health, 244 in Northern Health and 86 among those who reside outside Canada.

The province now has 1,803 active cases, with 59 in hospital and 20 of those in critical care.

A total of 5,787 people have recovered, leaving the province with a total of 7,842 cases in B.C. since the first confirmed case in late January.

Another 3,075 people are under active public health monitoring due to potential exposure to the virus.

Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said in a joint statement released on Friday that the recent high case counts the province is seeing are due to activity on the Labour Day long weekend.

"No one intends to pass the virus onto friends or family, but it is very easy to do. It can take up to two weeks for symptoms of COVID-19 to develop and in that time, we can inadvertently spread it to others," the statement reads.

"That is why the actions we take as individuals today are so important to the well-being of our communities tomorrow. Let's choose safe, let's choose small and let's choose to protect the people we care about most."

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