BC health officials to provide COVID-19 update on Thursday afternoon

Nov 26 2020, 4:34 pm

Health officials in British Columbia are scheduled to provide an update on COVID-19 on Thursday afternoon.

A total of 738 new test-positive coronavirus cases were announced on Wednesday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 29,086.

There are currently 7,616 active cases of COVID-19 in BC, as well as 10,270 people that are under active public health monitoring as a result of exposure to known cases.

Currently, 294 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 61 of whom are in intensive care.

Health officials also discovered an IT error caused Fraser Health’s daily case numbers to be misreported for nine days this month.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry gave an update on the correct numbers between November 16 to 24 at her in-person briefing, adding that technical problems are an unfortunate but often unavoidable aspect of integrating several data systems.

“It’s something that happens, but obviously we don’t want it to,” she said. “It doesn’t change the fact that we’re in a critical time right now, and we’re seeing far too many people infected with this virus.”

The changes mean BC’s record-shattering daily case number on November 24 was inaccurate. Instead of seeing 941 new cases, BC actually saw 706.

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