BC announces staggering new record of 717 cases of COVID-19

Nov 17 2020, 3:13 pm

Health officials in British Columbia have announced 717 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 23,661.

In a written statement on Tuesday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that broken down by health region, the new cases equate to 177 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 484 in the Fraser Health region, 16 in the Island Health region, 18 in the Interior Health region, 21 in the Northern Health region, and one new case of a person who resides outside of Canada.

There are 6,589 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 198 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 63 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

Currently, 10,960 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

There have been 11 new COVID-19-related deaths, for a total of 310 deaths in British Columbia.

“We have seen an increase in new cases on Vancouver Island, in the Interior and in the North, many of which are connected to travel to and from the Lower Mainland,” said Henry. “That is why it is important that we stay local and travel less right now.”

A total of 7,036 people who tested positive have now recovered.

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