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B.C. confirms 538 new cases of COVID-19, for total of 24,960

There are now over 50 active outbreaks of COVID-19 in health care facilities
Dr. Bonnie Henry gives provincial COVID-19 update. Screengrab.

There are now 24,960 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in B.C. after health officials announced 538 new cases Thursday.

Nine of these new cases are epi-linked.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reports that there have been 178 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 309 in the Fraser Health region, 12 in the Island Health region, 28 in the Interior Health region, and 11 in the Northern Health region

There have been six new health-care facility outbreaks. In total, 40 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and 19 acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.

There has been one new community outbreak.

There has been one new COVID-19 related death, for a total of 321 deaths in British Columbia.

Of the total COVID-19 cases, 217 individuals are hospitalized, 59 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation. As well, 9,929 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

There are 6,929 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 17,217 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 have seen a rising number of new cases of COVID-19 across the province and we need to slow this down. We need to put the brakes on the virus and doing this requires a sustained effort by all of us," said Henry.

“This second surge is putting a strain on our health-care system, our workplaces and us all. We need to ease this pressure so we can continue to manage the virus in our province and also continue to do the many activities that are important to us.

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