The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 50 new test-positive cases and three new epidemiologically linked case of novel coronavirus in the province today, bringing the total number of cases in B.C. to 3,934.

In total, 1,143 of the cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 2,045 in Fraser Health, 146 on Vancouver Island, 385 in Interior Health, 93 in Northern Health region, and 69 people whose residence is outside of Canada.

The number of active cases has spiked by 15 to 386 in B.C.

There are a total of 11 people who have been hospitalized with COVID-19, four of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

No new deaths were reported today, and the death toll stands at 195 in total.

A total of 3,353 people have now recovered from novel coronavirus in B.C.

Public health officials are also currently monitoring over 1,500 people who have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Outbreaks

One new health care facility outbreak was reported in the Fraser Health region Friday, bringing the total to six active outbreaks in the province’s health care system.

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

No new community outbreaks were reported today but multiple community exposures have been recorded.

“As we see new COVID-19 hot spots emerge and the new cases creep up in every health authority, we have to keep our firewall strong,” reads a statement from the Ministry of Health Friday.

“Like a wildfire, COVID-19 has the potential to rapidly burn out of control and we need to put out these flare-ups.”

B.C. residents are urged to check the BC CDC 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 today.

There have been 147 total cases of COVID-19 in the region, five of whom have died, and 137 people have recovered.

This means there remain five active cases in the region.

Thus far, there have been 276,739 novel coronavirus tests conducted across B.C., 40,864 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 19,197,449.

Over 715,680 people have died from the illness and 12,301,524 have made a full recovery.