British Columbia’s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Tuesday reported 549 new cases of COVID-19 over four days, and five new deaths.
There were 170 cases from Friday to Saturday, 159 cases from Saturday to Sunday, 119 from Sunday to Monday, and 101 from Monday to Tuesday. Five of the cases were epi-linked.
The province has recorded 100 or more new COVID-19 cases each day for 12 straight days.
Henry said Tuesday’s numbers “are higher than what we would like to see,” and attributed the rise to a backlog in cases that added about “an extra day’s worth of tests” to the totals.
The backlog, which occurred largely in the Fraser Health region, has now been cleared, Henry said.
The five deaths brought the provincial death toll to 250, while the number of active cases in B.C. rose to 1,476.
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