British Columbia

For 5th day in a row, no COVID-19-related deaths in B.C.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 12 more people had tested positive and there is a new outbreak at a long-term care facility in Vancouver.

Two clusters of cases are related to 'large family connections,' says the update

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix updated case numbers Wednesday in a written statement. (MIke McArthur/CBC)

Health officials announced 12 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and no new deaths Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday makes five days in a row without a COVID-related death in B.C.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix released the new case numbers in a statement.

As of Wednesday, there 185 known active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. Twelve people are in hospital, four in intensive care.

So far, B.C. has detected 2,680 cases in the province while 2,328 people who tested positive have recovered. In total, 167 have died.

"We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic," the statement read.

Officials announced a new long-term care home outbreak at Holy Family Hospital in Vancouver. That means five long-term care or assisted-living facilities in the province have active outbreaks.

Henry and Dix also mentioned two "community clusters" of COVID-19 related to large family connections.

"This tells us that our public health teams are quickly identifying new cases. It also tells us that while our overall provincial cases may be low, COVID-19 is active and spreading in our communities," the statement said.

"When you bring households together, regardless of how many people that may include, everyone brings their own risk with them and the potential for spreading COVID-19 increases.

"This is why fewer faces and bigger spaces needs to continue to be our guidepost for how we move forward."

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