(Dr. Bonnie Henry walking down the hallway leading to the press theatre inside the B.C. Legislature/Photo by Colin Smith Takes Pics)

The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 115 new cases of novel coronavirus in the province today, bringing the total number of cases in to 9,956 in the province.

In total, 3,644 of the cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 5,119 in Fraser Health, 222 in Vancouver Island Health region, 557 in Interior Health, 325 in Northern Health region, and 90 people whose residence is outside of Canada.

The number of active cases has increased by three to 1,387 in B.C.

There are now a total of 71 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 15 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

No additional deaths over the past 24 hours, and the death toll is now at 244.

3,042 people are now in isolation and being monitored by public health officials after being exposed to COVID-19.

A total of 8,296 people have now recovered from novel coronavirus in B.C.

Outbreaks

No new health care facility outbreaks have been reported Wednesday. The outbreak at Rideau Retirement Centre has now been declared over.

There are a total of 15 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and three acute-care facilities that have active, ongoing outbreaks.

No new community outbreaks were reported but 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 cases was reported in the Island Health region over the past 24 hours.

There have been 222 total cases of COVID-19 in the region, six of whom have died, and 204 people have recovered.

This means there are now 12 active cases on the Island.

As of Monday there had been 608,645 novel coronavirus tests conducted across B.C., 74,317 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 36,333,436.

Over 1,058,992 people have died from the illness and 27,362,408 have made a full recovery.