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BC’s weekend COVID-19 death count high

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 5:02 PDT, Mon July 6, 2020

Six people died of reasons related to COVID-19 over the weekend, BC health officials said today. Four deaths were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region and two were in the Fraser Health region.

“With our ‘new COVID-19 normal,’ we can all enjoy many activities by following the rules we have established for safe social interactions,” said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. 

She added that anyone who is new to British Columbia from elsewhere in Canada, whether coming for work or on vacation, needs to understand that in BC people are keeping contacts small, maintaining a safe distance from others, using masks when that is challenging to do and always staying away from others when feeling ill.

Anyone from outside Canada who is here for essential travel or returning home must follow Canada’s quarantine order to self-isolate for 14 days prior to interacting with others. 

“COVID-19 has created many uncertainties and fear, but we have built a path forward that will keep all of us safe in the weeks and months ahead,” said Henry.

Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix also provided case updates for three 24-hour reporting periods. From July 3 to July 4 there were nine new cases; from July 4 to July 5 there were 15 new cases and in the last 24 hours there were seven new cases.

In total, there have been 31 new cases since Friday’s update. There were no new healthcare facility outbreaks, with active outbreaks continuing at three long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care facility.

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/ or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

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