B.C. records first COVID-19 death in a week and 16 new cases

An illuminated sign in Vancouver asks residents to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Simon Little / Global News

British Columbia has recorded its first COVID-19 death since June 4.

Health officials did not hold a news conference on Friday, but announced the fatality, along with 16 new cases of the virus, in a joint statement.

The death was in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. Three of the new cases are linked to long-term care homes.

However, the province said there were no new community outbreaks or new outbreaks in residential care facilities on Friday.

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Active outbreaks remain ongoing at five long-term care facilities.

B.C. has recorded a total of 2,709 cases, nearly 87 per cent of which are resolved.

The province’s death toll stands at 168, with only 187 cases active at present.

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Twelve people are in hospital with COVID-19 — three of whom are in intensive care.

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