Henry and Dix also said 879 patients have recovered from the virus and no longer require self-isolation.
The number of COVID-19 cases in the province continues to slowly grow, according to a joint statement issued by Minister of Health Adrian Dix, and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
Of those cases, 246 cases have been at the hard-hit care homes in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions, with 153 residents and 93 staff affected across more than 22 care homes.
There have been no new long-term care outbreaks that have occurred in the last day.
26 in Northern Health, 650 in Vancouver Coastal, 591 in Fraser Health, 87 on Vancouver Island, and 136 in the interior.
Henry says the outbreak recorded at a correctional facility in Mission is being monitored closely.
Calgary police officer tests positive for COVID-19
Following the new numbers, the Alberta government is taking new steps to help prevent the spread of the virus. Of these cases, there are now 48 people in hospital, 13 of whom have been admitted to intensive care units.
Henry said that 134 people are in hospital, including 63 in ICU or critical care.
More than 36,000 people have signed the online petition that was started three weeks ago by Bronwen Blunt.
"This is not the time to travel, unless absolutely necessary".
As of Friday, B.C. has implemented its new protocol for returning travellers at all global borders, Henry said. "Some of them are very legitimate reasons", Henry said, while reinforcing public health advice to stay home and avoid all non-essential travel, even to cabins or vacation homes.
Not everyone who might have COVID-19 is tested, and actual cases are likely higher than the confirmed cases.
Henry reminded British Columbians to "be kind, be calm and be safe". Stay at home and be creative with how you connect and celebrate with family and friends.