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

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The online guide, called "Dr. Bonnie Henry's Good Times Guide", features a colourful, cartoon version of B.C.'s provincial health officer, and offers tips on how to avoid catching or spreading COVID-19. The death was in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, bringing the province's death toll to 195.

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

There were no deaths related to COVID-19 reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team today, but 45 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed.

According to Fraser Health, the staff member "worked in one contained unit" and did not work in other areas.

The province confirmed 50 new cases of the virus, along with one new death at the Holy Family Hospital long-term care home in Vancouver.

The latter outbreak prompted the provincial government to announce Thursday that it would restrict non-resident travel to the archipelago.

The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly tweeted that "a significant proportion" of the 45 new cases announced today were associated with existing outbreaks/clusters.

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

"This weekend, let's play safe and stay safe while COVID-19 remains in our communities".

"Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 1,088 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,889 in the Fraser Health region, 144 in the Island Health region, 369 in the Interior Health region, 88 in the Northern Health region and 63 cases of people who reside outside of Canada".

A total of 3,168 people who have tested positive for the virus are now considered recovered.

Those precautions include keeping groups small, using "layers of protection" and ensuring there is enough space for people to maintain physical distance from each other, Henry and Dix said.

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