(Dr. Bonnie Henry/BC Gov Flickr)

The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 499 new cases of novel coronavirus in the province since Friday, bringing the total number of cases to 11,687.

Between Friday and Saturday, 172 people were reported COVID-19 positive; 153 new cases were reported between Saturday and Sunday; and 174 cases were reported between Sunday and Monday.

In total, 4,146 of the cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 6,244 in Fraser Health, 243 in Vancouver Island Health region, 611 in Interior Health, 355 in Northern Health region, and 88 people whose residence is outside of Canada.

The number of active cases has increased by 126 to 1,639 in B.C.

There are now a total of 67 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 19 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

Two additional deaths were reported over the past three days, bringing the death toll to 253.

4,028 people are now in isolation and being monitored by public health officials after being exposed to COVID-19.

A total of 9,753 people have now recovered from novel coronavirus in B.C.

Outbreaks

Four new health care outbreaks were reported in the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal health regions over the past three days, while two outbreaks in health care facilities have been declared over.

There are now a total of 17 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and two acute-care facilities that have active, ongoing outbreaks.

One new community outbreak was also reported in the Fraser Health region, and public health officials are working on contact tracing in that cluster.

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

Three new COVID-19 cases were reported in the Island Health region over the past three days.

There have been 243 total cases of COVID-19 in the region, six of whom have died, and 227 people have recovered.

Island Health reports that as of October 19, there are 14 active cases on the Island:

  • South Vancouver Island  Active cases: 7, Total Cases: 93
  • Central Vancouver Island Active cases: 7, Total Cases: 77
  • North Vancouver Island Active cases: 0, Total Cases: 73

The COVID-19 case curve in Vancouver Island health region as of October 19 is represented below:

(Source: Island Health)

As of Thursday there had been 703,402 novel coronavirus tests conducted across B.C., 85,355 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 40,571,984.

Over 1,121,622 people have died from the illness and 30,281,627 have made a full recovery.

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