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The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 78 new test-positive cases of novel coronavirus in the province today, bringing the total number of cases in to 4,274 in the province.

In total, 1,306 of the cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 2,242 in Fraser Health, 150 in Vancouver Island Health region, 398 in Interior Health, 106 in Northern Health region, and 72 people whose residence is outside of Canada.

The number of active cases has spiked by 47 to 578 in B.C.

There are a total of eight 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 196 in total.

A total of 3,500 people have now recovered from novel coronavirus in B.C.

1,878 close contacts are now in isolation after being exposed to COVID-19.

Outbreaks

There have been no new health care facility outbreaks over the past 24 hours. In total, seven long-term care or assisted living facilities and one acute care facility have active outbreaks.

One new community outbreak has been reported at the Okanagan Correctional Centre where three staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

There also continue to be a number of ongoing COVID-19 exposure sites. 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

No new COVID-19 cases were reported in the Island Health region today.

There have been 150 total cases of COVID-19 in the region, five of whom have died, and 141 people have recovered.

This means there remain four active cases in the region.

Thus far, there have been 293,127 novel coronavirus tests conducted across B.C., 42,873 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 21,033,245.

Over 751,840 people have died from the illness and 13,877,643 have made a full recovery.