17 deaths and 1933 cases of COVID-19 over weekend

"In our homes, we should only be with the people we live with - no social visits. No hosting or gatherings."

Over the weekend 17 people died of COVID-19 in British Columbia - bringing the provincial total to 348 as 1933 new cases were announced over the weekend. 

Six new health care outbreaks have been announced throughout British Columbia - including one at North Peace Seniors Housing Society apartments in Fort St. John.

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"This speaks to where we are - this is the most challenging of times. This virus does not pause when we are tired, it spreads quickly and does not wait (for us) to catch up," said Dr. Bonnie Henry.

"We need to focus on today - reduce our connections so we can get through this pandemic. Think about ways to stop the spread," pleaded Dr. Henry this afternoon.

Friday to Saturday brought 713 cases, Saturday to Sunday saw 626, while Sunday to Monday brought 594 more positive test cases of COVID-19.

"This is not the same as it was even a few weeks ago, as we move into winter, the virus spreads much more quickly," said Dr. Henry.

Case breakdown -

61 - Northern Health

414 - Vancouver Coastal

1304 - Fraser Health

48 - Vancouver Island

104 - in Interior BC

Plus two cases outside of Canada for a total of 7,360 active cases, with 277 in hospital and 59 in ICU.

"I'm asking you to put the safety measures front and centre," added Dr. Henry.

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