B.C. recorded 559 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday along with one additional death.
The new cases bring the province’s seven-day average to 506. Last Wednesday, the province’s seven-day average of daily new COVID-19 cases was 408.
The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 rose by 15 to 238. Of those patients, 69 are in intensive care.
The province’s COVID-19 death toll is now 1,336.
There are 4,677 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. while 7,881 people are self-isolating due to possible exposure to the novel coronavirus.
Seven schools in the Fraser Valley have reported cases involving a COVID-19 variant of concern, but the province has not moved to implement a request of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation to expand the mask mandate to elementary school students.
Dr. Réka Gustafson, deputy provincial health officer, said at a news conference Monday the policy on masks in schools is based on the ability of individuals to comply with it.
— With files from Amy Judd and The Canadian Press
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