Henry said she shared everyone’s concern over the increased number of cases in the province.
“We expected an increase as we moved indoors in cooler weather. It is extremely important to manage this increase effectively, ”she said.
“I ask you once again to slow the spread of the virus in British Columbia”
Thursday’s update also included two new outbreaks in the health care system. There are now 28 active outbreaks in long-term care and assisted living facilities, and two in acute care units in hospitals.
At the same time, the epidemic at École de l’Anse-au-sable in Kelowna is officially over.
To date, British Columbia has confirmed 16,560 cases of the virus and 273 people have died. A total of 7,519 people are currently under active surveillance by public health officials due to exposure to COVID-19.
Health Minister Adrian Dix stressed the importance of public health order limiting gatherings inside people’s homes to household members and the “safe six” in their bubble.
He said that when it came to house parties, “Don’t throw. Do not go. Say no. ”
As Fraser Health numbers continue to rise, some parents in the region are asking for more information on COVID-19 exposures in schools. A so-called “superspreader” event at the Capella Dance Academy in Chilliwack has been connected to 38 cases and 13 schools as of Wednesday.