Health officials in British Columbia are scheduled to provide a written update on COVID-19 on Friday afternoon, following another record-high increase in cases.
On Thursday afternoon, the province announced that 425 new coronavirus cases had been confirmed, bringing the recorded total in BC to 16,560.
There are 3,389 active cases of coronavirus in the province with 7,519 people under active public health monitoring as a result of an identified exposure to known cases
Earlier this week, the province also saw its highest-ever three-day case count, with a total of 1,120 test-positive coronavirus cases between Friday and Sunday.
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Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry also explained that a high proportion of Fraser Health residents are essential workers — which could be attributed to the increasing number of cases seen in the health region.
“We have a huge number of concentrated risky environments and people who live in that area,” she said.
Those “risky environments” include workplaces such as hospitals, healthcare clinics, poultry processing plants, and other indoor agricultural environments that have seen outbreaks during the pandemic.
A total of 12,806 people who tested positive for coronavirus have now recovered.