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The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 139 new cases of novel coronavirus in the province today, bringing the total number of cases in to 7,842 in the province.

An additional 40 historic COVID-19 cases were also added to the database—these are people who tested positive for the virus between August 11 and September 16 but did not have personal health numbers. All of these cases have been managed and investigated by Vancouver Coastal Health.

In total, 2,817 of the cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 4,007 in Fraser Health, 196 in Vancouver Island Health region, 492 in Interior Health, 244 in Northern Health region, and 86 people whose residence is outside of Canada.

The number of active cases has increased by 98 to 1,803 in B.C.

There are now a total of 59 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 20 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

Three additional deaths were reported today, and the death toll is now at 223.

3,075 people are now in isolation and being monitored by public health officials after being exposed to COVID-19.

A total of 5,797 people have now recovered from novel coronavirus in B.C.

Outbreaks

No new health-care facility outbreaks were reported in the province on Friday, but one outbreak at the Royal Arch Masonic Home long term care facility has been declared over.

In total, there are 10 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and five acute-care facilities with active ongoing outbreaks.

No new community outbreaks were reported over the past 24 hours.

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.

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.

“The cases we are seeing today are a direct result of how we spent our Labour Day long weekend. Let’s break the chain of transmission and turn this trend around,” reads a statement from the Ministry of Health Friday.

Island Health region

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

There have been 196 total cases of COVID-19 in the region, five of whom have died, and 180 people have recovered.

This means there are 11 active cases on the Island.

As of Friday there had been 455,395 novel coronavirus tests conducted across B.C., 59,692 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 30,639,812.

Over 954,880 people have died from the illness and 22,261,279 have made a full recovery.