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234 new cases of COVID-19 announced in B.C. and one new senior death

The senior who died in the Fraser Health region was in their 80s and initially attended a small-scale birthday party
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234 new COVID-19 cases were announced Thursday, Oct. 29. Photo: Government of B.C.

COVID-19 is on the rise, especially in the Fraser Health region – the location where Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced Thursday's provincial case numbers.

They were joined by the president and CEO of Fraser Health, Dr. Victoria Lee.

Henry spoke from Surrey, “we are here because in recent weeks COVID-19 has been disproportionately been affecting our Fraser Valley communities.”

The provincial health team announced 234 new COVID-19 diagnoses, marking the ninth consecutive day British Columbia has added more than 200 cases to its total.

More than half of B.C. cases identified are in the Fraser Health region, despite the area only possessing 39 per cent of the population.

Henry reported one additional death in the Fraser Health – it was a person in their 80s who initially attended a small birthday party with less than 10 others in attendance.

"Someone unknowingly brought COVID-19,” Henry mourned, which ultimately led to their death after being infected.

The active case count in B.C. has risen to 2,344 people battling the coronavirus.

In hospitals, there are 86 people with the disease, of whom 24 are in intensive care. The rest of those who are sick are recovering at home in self-isolation.

Previously, 14,109 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.