COVID-19: Health officials announce 50 new cases, one new death

British Columbia reported a troubling spike in new coronavirus cases Friday, as the province gears up for the B.C. Day long weekend.

Staff and residents will also be screened twice a day, says Fraser Health.

This brings the overall total to 3,641 in BC, and 88 in the north.

The Fraser Health Authority confirmed the COVID-19 case is a staff member at Dania Home. There are 278 active cases in B.C. with five hospitalized and two in intensive care.

Dania Home is one of three facilities run by the Dania Home Society, Fraser Health said, but the outbreak is not connected to the other two.

The province also announced one new health-care outbreak Friday, at the Dania Home in the Fraser Health region.

As always, Henry offered her reminders in a gentle and polite way, something SFU associate professor of communications Stuart Poyntz believes is the right approach when it comes to getting the message out to younger people.

Haida Gwaii, meanwhile, remains closed to non-residents as locals continue to deal with the community outbreak affecting the northern island archipelago. Community exposures continue to be seen across the province, for a list of community exposures events you can visit the government's website.

With the B.C. Day long weekend now here, Dr. Henry is stressing for people to be safe be careful.

"Good times have been linked to community outbreaks of COVID-19 in B.C.", the guide opens.

"Let's socialize safely by keeping our groups small, using the layers of protection and giving everyone enough space to stay safe, whether at a backyard barbecue, on a friend's boat or enjoying a nearby park", continued the statement.

"Don't get stuck in self-isolation for 14 days, or worse - get sick, because you shared beers at a party or made out with someone with COVID-19", reads the guide.

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