Meanwhile, B.C. now has 138 people in hospital for treatment of COVID-19, 66 of whom are in critical care. Currently, there are 21 active community outbreaks in these facilities.
"We are saddened to report a further four COVID-19 related deaths in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser health regions for a total of 43 deaths in British Columbia".
The number of patients hospitalized with the novel coronavirus has levelled out in recent days, even falling slightly from 149 on Saturday to 138 by Tuesday.
Henry adds that the number of new cases in B.C. has slowed, but that the public must remain vigilant.
Across B.C., 783 are now considered fully recovered, an increase of 79.
Dr. Henry gives daily COVID-19 update for B.C. Screengrab.
"Certainly we said it on the call - and faith leaders said it as well on the call - that there has never been a time when we have to reach out to one another more virtually, to touch base with each other more on the phone or through the internet or through FaceTime or whatever that might be". "We will have a period of time, hopefully, where this will wane ... allowing us to go back to some of the activities that we've been doing, but then we need to monitor very carefully and if we start to see transmission in the community again, particularly as we go into the fall, we'll need to look at what are the measures that are most important, that help reduce those chains of transmission again". "If you are coming together, clean your hands regularly".
The World Health Organization said more than 80 per cent of COVID-19 infections are estimated to be mild.
The provincial health officer said that while B.C.'s ban is now on groups of 50 people or more, "coming together in even small groups can be problematic". Quebec and Ontario have been hardest hit, followed by Alberta and British Columbia.
"We know many people must manage chronic diseases and other health issues".
The COVID-19 self-assessment app can be downloaded here. However, he states that it is imperative that people stay home and in their communites.
Keep at least two metres away from people who are sick.
There has been an outbreak at a federal correctional facility in Mission, and an outbreak response has been activated.