No new cases of COVID-19 in north

No new cases of COVID-19 were reported in northern B.C. on Tuesday.

The total number of cases in the north since the start of pandemic remained at 80, according to a joint statement issued by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

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"Today, we are announcing 23 new cases, for a total of 3,523 cases in British Columbia," the statement said. "There are 253 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 3,076 people who tested positive have recovered. Of the total COVID-19 cases, nine individuals are hospitalized, three of whom are in intensive care."

There were 12 active cases in the Northern Health region as of Monday, according to data released by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. All 12 of those active cases were linked to the outbreak on Haida Gwaii.

In addition, earlier this month an Albertan working on the Site C hydroelectric dam project was diagnosed with COVID-19. No additional cases have been linked to Site C, Henry said on Monday.

One additional death was reported in B.C. on Tuesday in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, bringing the province's death toll from the pandemic to 194.

"We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"There are no new community outbreaks and public-health teams continue to support the active outbreaks on Haida Gwaii and at Fraser Valley Packers Inc.," the statement said. "There continues to be additional community exposure events throughout the province. A full listing of community exposure events for each health authority is available through the BC Centre for Disease Control, as well as on health-authority websites."

Henry and Dix urged residents to follow public health rules and use precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the upcoming long weekend.

"As we all look ahead to the upcoming B.C. Day long weekend, let's ensure it is a safe weekend for all of us. Whether it is enjoying the local parks, staying at a vacation rental or out for dinner, keeping our groups small and maintaining safe distances will protect ourselves and those around us," their statement said. "Let's make sure COVID-19 doesn't take our summer away by taking steps to bend our curve back down, this weekend and every weekend."

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