Keep groups small this long weekend, health officials say as British Columbia sees 50 new cases of COVID-19

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British Columbia health officials are warning people to keep groups small this long weekend as the province confirmed 50 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.Stick to the people you know, avoid passing around drinks, and stay outside, the province advises in a new resource called Good Times Guide.

Officials have doubled down on their messages about safe socializing as Kelowna grapples with an outbreak linked to large indoor parties around Canada Day.

“We can make this BC Day weekend a weekend where we find the right balance – having those important social connections with our friends and family, while taking precautions to protect ourselves and those. around us, ”said Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Administrator, and BC Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a written statement.

Another person has died in the Vancouver Coastal Health area, bringing the death toll in the province to 195.

There are 278 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 3,168 people have recovered.

Hospitalizations remain low, with five people in hospital, including two in intensive care.

Henry and Dix announced a new outbreak at Dania Home, a long-term care home in the Fraser Health area. Two long-term care facilities and one acute care facility are now facing active outbreaks.

There are no new outbreaks in the community and public health officials are monitoring outbreaks in Haida Gwaii and at a Fraser Valley fruit packing plant.

Dix said the majority of the 41 new cases announced Thursday were linked to those two outbreaks.

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