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Of the new cases, 115 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 210 are in the Fraser Health region, 45 are in the the Island Health region, 83 are in the Interior Health region, and 32 are in the Northern Health region.

“We continue to see new community clusters around the province — in the Fernie and Williams Lake regions, and elsewhere. These hot spots show, once again, how easily the virus spreads between us,” said the joint statement issued by B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix.

The statement also noted that the first COVID-19 case in B.C. was confirmed one year ago today, on Jan. 27, 2020.

“Since that day, the impact has been severe; people have become seriously ill and died, our lives have been disrupted and health-care workers everywhere have faced challenges at a scale never experienced before.

“In response, people throughout the province have stepped up to put normal routines and activities aside, doing all they can to protect our communities, Elders and loved ones. Thank you.”

1:40 a.m. – Outbreak declared at Fraser Regional Correctional Centre

Fraser Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Fraser Regional Correctional Centre in Maple Ridge.

The health authority says nine inmates and two staff members have tested positive at the provincial prison.

“We are actively following up with any individuals who had contact with the individuals in custody at this location who have tested positive for COVID-19,” Fraser Health said in an alert. “Public Health will contact these individuals directly to determine if they are symptomatic and that appropriate self-isolation measures are being taken.”

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