Health officials to provide COVID-19 update following B.C. Day long weekend

Health officials are set to provide a Tuesday update on British Columbia’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, following the B.C. Day long weekend.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix are set to release four days of COVID-19 statistics at their scheduled news conference on Tuesday.

4:08 Are younger adults aiding the spread of COVID-19 by behaving irresponsibly?

Are younger adults aiding the spread of COVID-19 by behaving irresponsibly?

The province’s last update came Friday, when it announced 50 new cases of the virus, along with one new death at the Holy Family Hospital long-term care home in Vancouver.

That marked the second time in as many weeks that the number of new cases hit 50, while the daily average has hovered around 30 in the weeks since B.C. entered Phase 3 of its economic reopening plan on June 24.

5:14 Long weekend party warnings, exposure alerts on flights and new Alaska ‘loophole’ restrictions

Long weekend party warnings, exposure alerts on flights and new Alaska ‘loophole’ restrictions

Much of the growth in new cases stems from an ongoing outbreak in Kelowna connected with private parties that were held over the Canada Day long weekend, as well as from an outbreak at a Fraser Valley fruit-packing plant.

The province also released a website on Friday, as many headed off to long-weekend vacations, titled “Dr. Bonnie Henry’s Good Times Guide,” in a bid to help people safely enjoy their summer.

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Province releases new ‘good time guide’ ahead of B.C. Day Long Weekend.

Meanwhile, two Vancouver firefighters tested positive for the virus, city officials confirmed over the weekend.

B.C.’s COVID-19 death toll stands at 195.

The news conference at 3 p.m. will be carried live on BC1, on our website, the Global BC Facebook page and CKNW.

— With files from Simon Little

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