Northern B.C. hasn't has a new COVID-19 case in more than a month

Northern B.C. continues to be free of COVID-19, according to a joint statement issued by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix on Friday.

A total of 25 new cases were reported across the province on Friday, bringing the province's total since the start of the pandemic to 3,053. The total number of cases in the Northern Health region remained at 65, all of whiich have recovered. The last new case of COVID-19 reported in northern B.C. was on June 8.

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"There are 187 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 2,679 people who tested positive have recovered," the joint statement said. "Of the total COVID-19 cases, 16 individuals are hospitalized, five of whom are in intensive care. There has been one new COVID-19 related death in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, for a total of 187 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic."

As of Thursday, 209,835 people have been tested for COVID-19 in B.C., including 8,667 in the Northern Health region, according to data released by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. Since March, approximately 40 to 180 people have been tested in the Northern Health region each day.

The low number of new cases is not a reason to become complacent, the statement said.

"While there are no active community outbreaks in B.C., new cases and community exposure events continue to occur in the community. "As we continue through summer, simple steps will help us to keep COVID-19 low and slow in British Columbia. When spending more time with friends and family, whether that is close to home or on vacation elsewhere in the province, we remind all British Columbians to avoid closed spaces, crowds and close contact with others.The actions you take every day make a difference and will help to protect all of us."

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