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The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 45 new test-positive cases and five new epidemiologically linked cases of novel coronavirus in the province today, bringing the total number of cases in B.C. to 3,641.

In total, 1,088 of the cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 1,889 in Fraser Health, 144 on Vancouver Island, 369 in Interior Health, 88 in Northern Health region, and 63 people whose residence is outside of Canada.

The number of active cases has spiked by 36 to 278 in B.C.

There are a total of five people who are hospitalized with COVID-19, two of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

One new death was reported today, and the death toll stands at 195 in total.

A total of 3,168 people have now recovered from novel coronavirus in B.C.

Outbreaks

One new health-care facility outbreak was reported at the Dania Home in Fraser Health region and there are now two long-term care facilities and one acute-care facility with active outbreaks.

Public health officials continue to monitor the outbreaks at health care facilities, and the two ongoing community outbreaks in Haida Gwaii and at Fraser Valley Packers in Abbotsford.

On Thursday, the provincial government banned non-resident travel to Haida Gwaii meaning the only legal travel to the archipelago will be for the delivery of essential goods and supplies, medical appointments, and urgent or emergency family matters during the pandemic.

B.C. residents are urged to check the HealthLink BC website for all public alerts about possible exposures to the virus.

Those who may have been exposed are asked to monitor their symptoms, reduce the number of contacts they have, and call 811 to get tested for the virus if they do develop symptoms.

Island Health region

One new COVID-19 case was reported in the Island Health region over the past 24 hours.

There have been 144 total cases of COVID-19 in the area, five of whom have died, and 135 people have recovered.

This means there remain four active cases in the region.

Thus far, there have been 261,738 novel coronavirus tests conducted across B.C., 38,575 of which were done in the Island Health region.


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The BCCDC has set up a 2019 novel coronavirus telephone information line at 1-833-784-4397 for those who have further questions about this disease.

Anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, should contact their primary care provider, local public health office, or call 8-1-1.

The Province has also created the 1-888-COVID-19  line to connect British Columbians needing non-medical information about the coronavirus pandemic.

As of the time of publication, the total number of COVID-19 patients worldwide has risen to 17,708,352.

Over 681,130 people have died from the illness and 11,072,624 have made a full recovery.