British Columbia health officials announced 723 new test-positive coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 40,060.
During a press conference, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that broken down by health region, this equates to 135 new cases in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 456 in the Fraser Health region, 10 in the Island Health region, 82 in the Interior Health region, and 40 in the Northern Health region.
Calling it “one of the most tragic days yet,” Henry said there have been 28 more deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the provincial death toll to 587.
There are 9,524 active cases in the province, with 346 in hospital, 83 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
Currently, 11,947 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.
Henry said that 28,948 individuals who tested positive have now recovered.