No new COVID-19 cases in northern B.C.

No new cases of COVID-19 were reported Wednesday for northern B.C., while the number of new cases province-wide grew by 22, according to provincial government numbers.

There was just one active case in the Northern Health region and that person was self-isolating and not in hospital, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.

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In all, there were 214 active cases, down 14 from Tuesday, with 32 hospitalize and seven in intensive care. The remaining are recovering at home in self-isolation.

There was one virus-related death in the Fraser Health region, raising the total since the pandemic took hold in B.C. to 166.

Health minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonny Henry urged physical distancing as a series of peaceful protests - including one at Prince George city hall on Friday, 2 p.m. start - are to be held following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police last week.

Indeed, they urged people to limit the size of their gatherings to no more than 50 people.

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

"Let's stand united across our province, our nation and around the world. Let's continue to work together and learn from others to keep our firewall strong and importantly, use this time to spread the message of respect and tolerance rather than spreading the virus."

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