BC health officials to give COVID-19 update following record-high cases

Nov 17 2020, 8:55 am

BC health officials will provide an update on COVID-19 on Tuesday afternoon.

The update comes after a record-breaking 1,959 new coronavirus cases were announced on Monday. There were 654 cases reported from Friday to Saturday, 659 from Saturday to Sunday, and 646 from Sunday to Monday.

There are currently 6,279 active cases in the province, and 10,928 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

On Monday evening, Fraser Health also announced its fourth school closure in the region. Abbotsford Christian School is undergoing a two-week closure after six cases were identified at the private school.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry also shared her opinion on masks’ usage and addressed if they would be mandated in BC.

“Some people are asking when we will see masks mandated in BC. The answer is that they already are,” she says in an opinion piece. “The mandate to use masks appropriately is a cornerstone of businesses’ and organizations’ COVID-19 safety plans, and is embedded in our health-care facilities’ operational policies and restart protocols in other public institutions.”

“I wear a mask, and I expect each of you who can to wear one too.”

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