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Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

"Today we are announcing 29 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 2,315 cases in British Columbia.

"Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19: 866 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,089 are in the Fraser Health region, 125 are in the Island Health region (note: two cases were removed from yesterday's Island Health total due to a data error), 180 are in the Interior Health region and 55 are in the Northern Health region.

"We are saddened to report one new COVID-19 related death in the Fraser Health region, for a total of 127 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones.

"In the last day, there have been no new long-term care or assisted-living facility outbreaks. In total, 16 facilities and five acute-care units have active cases. Outbreaks have now been declared over at 18 care facilities.

"Public health teams are also providing support to a number of community outbreaks, actively contact tracing those who may be directly affected and their close contacts.

"There has been no change in the number of confirmed positive cases at Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry, United Poultry in Vancouver or at the Mission Institution federal correctional centre.

"There are now 61 positive cases at Superior Poultry in Coquitlam and 17 connected to the Kearl Lake plant in Alberta.

"To date, 1,579 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.

"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 73 individuals are hospitalized and 20 of those are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"We must continue with what we have been doing, because it is working. We have flattened our curve and must keep it there.

"Until we move into Phase 2, the orders, restrictions and guidance remain in place.

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