New cases of COVID-19 in the north

Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the Northern Health region on Friday, making them the first new cases this week.

In a joint statement issued by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix on Friday, Henry and Dix said there were now a total of 62 cases in the north since the beginning of the pandemic.

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"Today, we have 18 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 2,507 cases in British Columbia.

There are 310 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 2,042 people who tested positive have recovered," the statement said. "Of the total COVID-19 cases, 41 individuals are hospitalized, eight of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation."

The number of people hospitalized in the Northern Health region wasn't provided. But on Thursday the B.C. Centre for Disease Control reported only one person was hospitalized in Northern Health with COVID-19. That patient was in intensive care.

"We are saddened to report three new COVID-19 related deaths in the Fraser Health region, for a total of 155 deaths in British Columbia," the statement said. "We offer our condolences to the family, friends and caregivers of these individuals, as well as to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic."

As of Friday, no deaths have been linked to COVID-19 in the north.

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