Health officials announce 155 new coronavirus cases in BC

Oct 16 2020, 3:18 pm

Health officials in British Columbia announced 155 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Friday afternoon, bringing the total number of documented cases in the province to 11,189. Of these new cases, nine are epi-linked.

According to the Ministry of Health, broken down by health region, this equates to 4,036 cases in the Vancouver Coastal Health Region, 5,884 in the Fraser Health Region, 240 in the Island Health Region, 590 in the Interior Health Region, 350 in the Northern Health Region, and 89 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

There is one new death, for a total of 251 fatalities caused by the virus in BC.

There are also 1,513 active cases of coronavirus in the province, with 3,713 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

A total of 72 individuals are hospitalized at this time, 26 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining individuals with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

There have been no new health facility outbreaks. Officials say there has been one new community outbreak at the Tim Hortons in Merritt.

“There also continue to be exposure events around the province. Public alerts and notifications are posted on the BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) website and on all health authorities’ websites,” reads the statement.

Health officials say that 9,387 individuals who have tested positive have now recovered.

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