B.C. announces 115 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

B.C. health officials announced 115 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths on Wednesday.

In a written statement, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Stephen Brown, B.C.'s deputy health minister, said there are 1,387 active cases of the disease in B.C., down three from Tuesday and up 103 cases from a week ago.

Seventy-one people are in hospital, with 15 in intensive care. Hospitalizations, which typically lag behind spikes and dips in new cases, are down by one from last Wednesday, when 72 people were in hospital.

The province's death toll remains unchanged at 244. 

Public health is actively monitoring 3,042 people across the province who are in self-isolation due to COVID-19 exposure. 

Also on Monday, Richmond city councillors unanimously supported a motion that will make it mandatory for face masks to be worn in all city buildings, which include libraries, museums, pools, police facilities, arts facilities and the Richmond Olympic Oval.

Operation Red Nose, a volunteer program that connects drivers with party-goers who want to get home safely after enjoying a few holiday drinks, is suspending its safe ride service for the 2020 holiday season because of safety concerns around COVID-19.