For third day in a row, more than 200 COVID-19 cases reported in B.C.

Province's top doctor urges B.C. residents to take a step back from social interactions

British Columbia reported 223 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday marking the third day in a row with more than 200 new infections.

B.C. reported more than 200 new infections for the first time on Wednesday, with 203 confirmed cases, and hit an all-time high Thursday with 274 new cases reported.

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Friday’s new cases tipped the number of active infections over 2,000. There was one new case reported in the Island Health region, which now has 15 known active cases.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says in a statement infections have been detected at two more assisted-living or long-term care homes and there are two new community outbreaks.

The latest health-care outbreaks are at Laurel Place in Surrey and Fair Haven Homes at Burnaby Lodge, while the community outbreaks involve Coast Spas Manufacturing and Pace Processing in Langley.

Outbreaks at a number of other care homes have been declared over, leaving 16 homes and two acute-care facilities with active infections.

Seventy-five people are in hospital, including 24 in intensive care, but no one else has died from the illness since the province’s last update.

Henry says contact tracing teams throughout the province are working around the clock, but their success depends on everyone taking a step back from social interactions.

There are nearly 4,640 people under public health monitoring as a result of exposure to a known case.

B.C. has confirmed 12,554 cases of COVID-19 so far.

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