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One new COVID-19 case recorded in Northern Health, B.C. sits at 2,550

Latest update reports just nine new B.C. cases, one additional death
Dr. Bonnie Henry - May 26, 2020
Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C. Provincial Health Officer. (via Flickr/Province of B.C.)

Northern Health now has 63 cases of COVID-19 after one more was recorded in the last 24 hours.

That's according to Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix in the B.C. government's latest update on the pandemic today (May 27).

Provincial positive cases continue to trend downward as nine were reported since yesterday (May 26) for a grand total of 2,550.

However, one additional person has died from COVID-19, bringing the toll to 162 since the virus hit B.C.

In Northern Health, 61 cases are confirmed recoveries while one person is still in ICU.

Across the province, there are 2,144 recoveries, or 84 per cent of current cases, while 244 remain active and seven of those individuals are in critical care.

“We are moving forward carefully into Phase 2, assessing our progress week by week, and we are encouraged by what we have seen so far, says Dr. Henry in a statement today.

“COVID-19 has a two-week incubation period, which means any new cases that are a result of the easing of restrictions will start to appear over the coming week.

“With this in mind, let’s continue to take advantage of parks and other activities closer to home, and look to increase social interactions only after fully considering the risks to you and your family."

Earlier today, Premier John Horgan extended B.C.'s state of emergency by two weeks ending June 10 and he too encouraged residents to explore local regions with tourist implications since travel between other provinces is discouraged and the U.S. border still closed until June 21.

Dr. Henry adds mid-June is now the timeline in determining whether restrictions will be loosened or tightened ahead of summer

"This slow and thoughtful approach is our ‘new normal.’ It is grounded in what we know about COVID-19 today and will continue to be adapted as we learn more in the weeks and months ahead."

In other jurisdictions, there are 899 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,267 in Fraser Health, 127 in Island Health and 194 in Interior Health.