This represents a slight increase of two cases from Friday when 126 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were announced.
As of Wednesday, there were 114 cases in the region, which increased from seven to 121 on Thursday.
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Also on Saturday, provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry announced three more deaths, bringing the provincial total to 38.
She also said that there are now 1,203 cases of COVID-19 in the province following 29 new cases, but that another 704 people have fully recovered from the virus.
As has been the case since the first landing of the coronavirus in British Columbia, most are in the Lower Mainland: 554 at Vancouver Coastal and 424 at Fraser Health. There are also 76 cases on Vancouver Island and 21 in the northern health region.
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Henry warned “the risk remains very high for us right now in British Columbia; we are in the thick of it and we must keep our line. It is time for us to be steadfast in our commitment to keep our firewall strong. “
She went on to say, “I know people have made extraordinary efforts, made many sacrifices, all of us in this province to protect our families, especially to protect our seniors and our health care workers. .
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“And we must all continue to do the important things that keep the virus from spreading every day.”
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Regarding news earlier this week of an inmate who tested positive for COVID-19 in an Okanagan prison, Henry said on Saturday that there were no further cases yet at the Okanagan Correctional Center.
She said officials monitor the health of workers and detainees who were potentially exposed, but that there were no “additional positives [cases] That much. “
Henry also discussed the similarity of COVID-19 with other respiratory viruses.
“What we do know is that there is evidence that this coronavirus behaves like other coronaviruses,” said Henry, “which means that when we have increased UV light and warmer temperatures, it tends to fade.
“This is what we see every year with the flu. We see that there is a season when we see more flu and then it tends to disappear for us in the northern hemisphere in summer, then we see a new emergence in the fall. ”
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Henry said the concern is that in the fall “we will start to see it increase again naturally, even if the measures we have taken are in place.” So we have to watch this carefully. “
She said, “We don’t know for sure how this virus will behave, but that’s what other respiratory viruses do on a cyclical basis. “
Henry added, however, that when new viruses arrive, they cannot disappear.
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