The total number of COVID-19 cases in British Columbia has risen to 2,171.

On Saturday, Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, reported 26 new cases of the deadly virus in B.C., including two new cases in Island Health. The overall total now stands at 2,171.

Henry also reported an additional two deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the provincial death toll to 114.

Of the 2,171 total cases in the province, 123 are in Island Health region, 832 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 992 are in the Fraser Health region, 175 are in Interior Health region and 49 are in Northern Health region.

Additionally, there are 24 active outbreaks at long-term care, assisted living and acute care facilities in British Columbia.

Henry said on Saturday that a total of 416 cases are associated with these types of facilities.

There are three cases associated with a new outbreak of COVID-19 at a Fraser Valley Speciality Poultry, said Henry, adding that an investigation into the facility is currently ongoing.

She also said there are currently 50 cases associated with Superior Poultry in Coquitlam, 42 cases associated with the United Poultry in Vancouver and 120 cases at Mission Institution, a federal correctional facility.

Meanwhile, a total of 72 people in B.C. are currently hospitalized for COVID-19, but on a positive note, 1,376 people have recovered from the virus.

Yesterday, officials reported 33 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C., including one case within Island Health.

During Saturday’s update, Henry talked about the graduating class of 2020. She said graduating ceremonies will be different this year compared to those held in previous years.

“The traditional ceremonies and celebrations that we would expect to have when we make this major transition from high school into the rest of our lives are on hold right now, and we won’t be doing them, in the same way, this summer,” she said.

Henry, however, said the province, administrators and teachers are working to make the graduating experience “memorable” and “positive” for the graduating class of 2020, who described as “unique.”

“It’s been over 100 years since we’ve hand an event like this pandemic. Few of us have ever known or will ever experience graduating during the circumstances of a global pandemic.”

The provincial health officer also encouraged people to stay active and wash their hands.

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