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Northern Health remains at 64 test-confirmed recorded COVID-19 cases, 22 new cases found in B.C.

One new death recorded
B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (via Flickr/Province of B.C.)

B.C. now has 2,623 test-positive recorded COVID-19 cases after the latest update from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix this afternoon (June 3). 

In a joint-written statement, officials say 22 more cases have been discovered in the past 24 hours. 

Northern Health has no new cases in the past day with the total remaining at 64. No patients are currently hospitalized throughout the authority.

Vancouver Coastal Health has recorded 905 cases while there have been 1,332 in Fraser Health, 127 in Island Health and 195 in the Interior Health region.

Henry says there have been no new health-care facility outbreaks while two outbreaks have now been declared over at Cottage-Worthington Pavilion and The Cedars in Mission.

There are six long-term care or assisted-living facilities that continue to have active outbreaks and public health teams are also supporting seven ongoing community outbreaks.

“COVID-19 continues to bring challenges for all of us, and in the face of this hurdle, British Columbians have continued to stand together while staying apart," the statement reads.

Dr. Henry said there are 2,243 recoveries since the virus hit the province, but 214 cases are still active, including 32 in hospital and seven in ICU.

Another death was recorded in the Fraser Health region, which brings the total in B.C. to 166. 

Henry also stressed the importance of exercising rights to peaceful protests but also wants people to be mindful that the world is still in the middle of a pandemic. 

"Racialized communities face obstacles that others to do not, and we have seen British Columbians proudly stand up and speak out against racism," she said.

"Exercising our right to peaceful demonstration is extremely important, and equally important is keeping our communities, loved ones and friends safe during this pandemic.

“Whether going to the grocery store, seeing friends on a patio or attending a peaceful demonstration, the same rules for safe physical distancing apply."

Henry suggested other alternatives for peaceful demonstration compared to large mass gatherings. 

“Consider alternative ways to peacefully demonstrate, as we have seen elsewhere," she said. 

"Gather in smaller numbers in multiple locations, maintain a safe physical distance from those around you and use a non-medical cloth mask for the brief periods when in closer contact to others."


Jess Fedigan

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