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B.C. confirms 91 new cases of COVID-19, for total of 8,395

62 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19 in B.C.
Dr. Bonnie Henry gives provincial update. Photo: Screengrab.

There are now 8,395 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in B.C. after health officials announced 91 new cases Wednesday.

Five of these cases are epi-linked. 

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reports that there are 3,016 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), 4,302 in Fraser Health, 203 on Vancouver Island, 515 in Interior Health and 273 in Northern Health.

Additionally, there have been 86 cases of COVID-19 in B.C. of people who reside outside of Canada.

There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks, and outbreaks at Bear Creek Villa independent-living facility and Normanna long-term care facility have been declared over. In total, nine long-term care or assisted-living facilities and five acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.

There have been no new community outbreaks. However, there continue to be community exposure events at other locations and on flights into and out of the province.

There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 227 deaths in British Columbia. 

Of the total COVID-19 cases, 62 individuals are hospitalized, 18 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation. As well, 3,368 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

There are 1,376 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 6,769 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.

Alerts are posted on the BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) website, as well as on health authorities’ websites, providing details on where the potential exposure occurred and what actions to take – whether you need to self-isolate or monitor for symptoms.

“New cases and clusters of COVID-19 remain higher than where we would like them to be," said Henry.

“The impact of this means that thousands of people in B.C. are now under active public health monitoring and care, with many forced to deal with the stress and anxiety that comes with having to self-isolate away from work, friends and family.

“Each of us has the ability to make a difference by continuing to follow the COVID-19 safety basics: washing our hands frequently, giving the space to stay safe and using a mask when that is difficult, limiting our social interactions and always staying home when ill.

“By using the layers of protection, we reduce our personal risks and the number of new cases, and we make our communities safer.

“We want to ensure we are in the best position possible to protect our communities and keep as much as is safe open and operating during the pandemic. To do this, we need everyone to do their part today to help push our curve back down tomorrow.”