Two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Island Health

B.C. health officials reported 25 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday — including two in the Island Health region — as well as one additional death.

That brings the death toll to 187 among 3,053 people who have tested positive for the disease so far, Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said in a joint statement.

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Of 187 active cases, 16 people were in hospital, and there were ongoing outbreaks at two long-term care or assisted living facilities and one acute care facility.

While there are no active community outbreaks, Dix and Henry said exposure is still happening.

“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,” read their statement.

The new cases bring the total in Island Health to 135. There have been five deaths attributed to the virus in the region.

— With a file from the Times Colonist

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