(Dr. Bonnie Henry, Minister Adrian Dix/Photo by Colin Smith Takes Pics)

The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 68 new cases of novel coronavirus in the province today, bringing the total number of cases in to 5,372 in the province.

In total, 1,737 of the cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 2,818 in Fraser Health, 173 in Vancouver Island Health region, 429 in Interior Health, 137 in Northern Health region, and 78 people whose residence is outside of Canada.

The number of active cases has increased by 10 to 906 in B.C.

There are now a total of 22 people in hospital due to COVID-19, seven of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

One additional death was reported over the past 24 hours, and the death toll is now at 204 in total.

2,810 people are now in isolation and being monitored by public health officials after being exposed to COVID-19.

A total of 4,253 people have now recovered from novel coronavirus in B.C.

Outbreaks

No new health care outbreaks were reported on Wednesday.

In total, nine long-term care or assisted living facilities and two acute care facilities have active ongoing outbreaks at this time.

There was one new community outbreak reported today at a water treatment facility construction site near Elkford B.C. where seven people have contracted COVID-19.

According to Dr. Bonnie Henry, the outbreak was identified after workers had returned home—six went back to Alberta and one returned home to another municipality in B.C.

Public health is working to trace contacts and monitor the symptoms of everyone associated with known cases of COVID-19.

There 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.

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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

Three new COVID-19 case was reported in the Island Health region today.

There have been 173 total cases of COVID-19 in the region, five of whom have died, and 152 people have recovered.

This means there are now 16 active cases in the region.

Thus far, there have been 343,165 novel coronavirus tests conducted across B.C., 48,742 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 pandemic.

As of the time of publication, the total number of COVID-19 patients worldwide has risen to 24,570,188.

Over 833,870 people have died from the illness and 17,009,204 have made a full recovery.