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The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 98 new cases of novel coronavirus in the province today, bringing the total number of cases in to 8,641 in the province.

In total, 3,127 of the cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 4,412 in Fraser Health, 204 in Vancouver Island Health region, 522 in Interior Health, 289 in Northern Health region, and 87 people whose residence is outside of Canada.

The number of active cases has dropped by 22 to 1,349 in B.C.

There are now a total of 62 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 19 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

One additional death was reported on Friday, and the death toll is now at 230.

3,533 people are now in isolation and being monitored by public health officials after being exposed to COVID-19.

A total of 7,036 people have now recovered from novel coronavirus in B.C.

Outbreaks

One new long term care facility outbreak has been reported in the Fraser Health region at Peace Portal Seniors Village, and an outbreak at the Surrey Memorial Hospital has been declared over.

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

No new community outbreaks were reported in 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.

Island Health region

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

There have been 204 total cases of COVID-19 in the region, five of whom have died, and 192 people have recovered.

This means there are seven active cases on the Island.

As of Friday there had been 497,982 novel coronavirus tests conducted across B.C., 63,642 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 32,698,331.

Over 991,720 people have died from the illness and 24,100,406 have made a full recovery.