Only one active case of COVID-19 left in northern B.C.

There is only one confirmed, active case of COVID-19 left in northern B.C. as of Monday.

In Monday's daily COVID-19 update, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the number of cases in the north remained at 64. The B.C. Centre for Disease Control reported 63 of the 64 COVID-19 patients in the Northern Health region had recovered fully, leaving a single patient who is in hospital.

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Since Saturday's update, there have been 24 new cases of COVID-19 in the province, brining the total since the outbreak began to 2,597 since the beginning of the pandemic. 

"We do know we have some circulation, especially in the Lower Mainland," Henry said. "So we still need to be vigilant."

Throughout B.C., 2,207 people have fully-recovered from the disease, leaving 224 active cases.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said on Monday that 32 people in B.C. were hospitalized from COVID-19 in B.C., including five in critical care. The one patient hospitalized in northern B.C. was not listed in critical care by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.

One additional person died of COVID-19 in the province since Saturday, Henry said. That person was a long-term care resident in the Fraser Health region.

The provincial death toll from the pandemic rose to 166 people.

On Monday B.C. schools began their return to class. In addition, over the weekend there were protests in B.C. in solidarity with those happening in the United States.

Henry urged anyone considering taking part in a demonstration to continue using social distancing to ensure they don't end up accidentally becoming infected or spreading COVID-19.

"I'm hopeful we will not see an increase (in cases) in the next few days," Henry said. "Hate has no place in our province. (And) peaceful demonstration is our right... but we cannot forget we are in the middle of pandemic. We must be careful in how we exercise that right. Your message can be heard clearly, no matter how far apart you stand."


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