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The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported a record high of 124 new cases of novel coronavirus in the province today, bringing the total number of cases in to 5,496 in the province.

In total, 1,791 of the cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 2,878 in Fraser Health, 174 in Vancouver Island Health region, 433 in Interior Health, 142 in Northern Health region, and 78 people whose residence is outside of Canada.

The number of active cases has increased by 68 to 974 in B.C.

There are now a total of 23 people in hospital due to COVID-19, seven of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

No additional deaths were reported over the past 24 hours, and the death toll stands at 204 in total.

2,796 people are now in isolation and being monitored by public health officials after being exposed to COVID-19.

A total of 4,310 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.

No new community outbreaks reported were reported today after health officials reported one outbreak on Thursday 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

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

There have been 174 total cases of COVID-19 in the region, five of whom have died, and 154 people have recovered.

This means there are now 15 active cases in the region.

Thus far, there have been 347,757 novel coronavirus tests conducted across B.C., 49,235 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 24,860,661.

Over 839,780 people have died from the illness and 17,226,146 have made a full recovery.