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B.C. confirms 1,130 new cases of COVID-19, for total of 20,368

There have been six new health-care facility outbreaks
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Dr. Bonnie Henry gives provincial update on COVID-19. Screengrab.

There are now 20,368 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in B.C. after health officials announced 1130 new cases Thursday.

From Tuesday to Wednesday there were 536 new cases, and from Wednesday to Thursday, there were 594.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reports that there have been 249 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 808 in the Fraser Health region, 16 in the Island Health region, 34 in the Interior Health region, and 23 in the Northern Health region.

There have been six new health-care facility outbreaks, and three outbreaks have been declared over. In total, 35 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and six acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.

There have been four new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 288 deaths in British Columbia.

Of the total COVID-19 cases, 155 individuals are hospitalized, 44 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation. As well, 11,091 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

There are 5,793 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 14,089 people who tested positive have recovered.

Public alerts and notifications are posted on the BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) website and on all health authorities’ websites.

“We need to break the chains of transmission and slow the surge of COVID-19 cases – especially in the regions and locations of highest spread," said Henry.

“The regional health authority restrictions are a short-term pause on non-essential activities to ensure we can maintain capacity within our health-care system and continue important essential activities."

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