COVID-19 has claimed the lives of four more British Columbians, putting the province’s total at 43.
But the number of new confirmed cases dropped again on Tuesday, to its lowest in the last three weeks.
“Let’s keep our firewall strong,” said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
“This is our time to care and protect each other and our communities and our families across B.C.”
Henry announced just 25 new lab-confirmed cases of the virus in her daily update, compared to 26 new cases on Monday and 37 on Sunday.
Fewer COVID-19 patients are in hospital, she added: 138 people, down two from Monday, with 66 patients in intensive care, down two.
Health Minister Adrian Dix said B.C. had more than 4,500 empty hospital beds ready in case of a surge of new serious infections.
Long weekend lockdown
B.C. has now confirmed 1,291 cases of the virus, 805 of whom have fully recovered.
With good weather forecast for the upcoming long weekend, Dix pleaded with British Columbians to skip non-essential travel or trips to their cottages.
That request is doubly important, he added, with early evidence that B.C. could be getting a handle on the outbreak.
“It demands I think what’s best of us, what’s best of B.C., our strength, our generosity, our courage and our empathy and our kindness,” said Dix.
“Good practice and good learning and good luck flow from these qualities, so let’s bend the curve, not bend the rules this weekend.”
He also repeated his call for religious groups to avoid gatherings on the long weekend and opt for virtual ways of connecting instead.