Over the past few weeks, locals have witnessed rising COVID-19 cases in B.C. unseen before in the province's history; now the provincial health officer is telling people to chill out.

On Monday, August 31, Dr. Bonnie Henry shared in her update new numbers gathered over the weekend and spoke plainly that people need to stay home when they're sick.


Active COVID-19 cases in B.C.

"The bar to stay home needs to be lower than we've ever had it before," said Henry, before continuing that locals must keep their social bubbles small and exclusive.

Between Friday, August 28 to Monday, August 31, 294 new cases were identified, pushing the province past the 1,000 active case mark for the first time ever.

She warned people to "slow down" on social interactions like those seen in recent days; "we need to step back to allow us to safely move forward," she said.