BC health officials to give COVID-19 update after record-high spike in cases

Nov 6 2020, 8:44 am

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.

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.

Health officials also reminded British Columbians that indoor settings such as house parties, and even spin classes, were dangerous areas where transmission could occur.

A total of 12,806 people who tested positive for coronavirus have now recovered.

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