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The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 83 new test-positive and two epidemiologically linked cases of novel coronavirus in the province today, bringing the total number of cases in to 4,196 in the province.

In total, 1,273 of the cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 2,203 in Fraser Health, 150 in Vancouver Island Health region, 394 in Interior Health, 104 in Northern Health region, and 72 people whose residence is outside of Canada.

The number of active cases has spiked by 59 to 531 in B.C.

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

One new death was reported today, and the death toll is now at 196 in total.

A total of 3,469 people have now recovered from novel coronavirus in B.C.

According to the Ministry of Health, today marks the 3rd highest number of new cases in one day since the pandemic began.

Outbreaks

There have been no new health care facility or community outbreaks over the past 24 hours, but multiple community exposures are ongoing.

In total, seven long-term care or assisted living facilities and one acute care facility have active outbreaks.

According to public health officials, there were a number of new locations and several flights where COVID-19 exposure has been detected.

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

Two 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 140 people have recovered.

This means there remain five active cases in the region.

Thus far, there have been 290,150 novel coronavirus tests conducted across B.C., 42,499 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 20,745,907.

Over 750,571 people have died from the illness and 13,595,349 have made a full recovery.