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The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 148 new cases of novel coronavirus in the province today, bringing the total number of cases in to 8,543 in the province.

In total, 3,094 of the cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 4,361 in Fraser Health, 203 in Vancouver Island Health region, 520 in Interior Health, 278 in Northern Health region, and 87 people whose residence is outside of Canada.

The number of active cases has dropped by five to 1,371 in B.C.

There are now a total of 61 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 20 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

Two additional deaths were reported on Thursday, and the death toll is now at 229.

3,417 people are now in isolation and being monitored by public health officials after being exposed to COVID-19.

A total of 6,917 people have now recovered from novel coronavirus in B.C.

Outbreaks

One new long term care facility outbreak has been reported in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, and an outbreak at the Opal by Element retirement facility has been declared over.

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

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.

Island Health region

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

There have been 203 total cases of COVID-19 in the region, five of whom have died, and 192 people have recovered.

This means there are six active cases on the Island.

As of Thursday there had been 490,377 novel coronavirus tests conducted across B.C., 62,991 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 32,357,037.

Over 986,140 people have died from the illness and 23,833,542 have made a full recovery.