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The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 549 new cases of novel coronavirus in the province since Friday, bringing the total number of cases to 10,734 in the province.

Between Friday and Saturday, 170 people were reported COVID-19 positive; 159 new cases were reported between Saturday and Sunday; between Sunday and Monday, there were 119 additional cases; and 101 cases were reported between Monday and Tuesday.

In total, 3,892 of the cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 5,595 in Fraser Health, 235 in Vancouver Island Health region, 582 in Interior Health, 341 in Northern Health region, and 89 people whose residence is outside of Canada.

According to the provincial health officer, part of the higher than average case numbers is attributed to a backlog of tests over the weekend, meaning about 6,000 extra tests were processed, primarily in the Fraser Health region.

The number of active cases has increased by 70 to 1,476 in B.C.

There are now a total of 77 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 24 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

Five additional deaths were reported over the past four days, and the death toll is now at 250.

3,618 people are now in isolation and being monitored by public health officials after being exposed to COVID-19.

A total of 8,974 people have now recovered from novel coronavirus in B.C.

Outbreaks

Four new outbreaks were reported at health care facilities on the mainland, while two others were declared over.

There are now a total of 17 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

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

There have been 235 total cases of COVID-19 in the region, six of whom have died, and 212 people have recovered.

This means there are now 17 active cases on the Island.

As of Friday there had been 638,915 novel coronavirus tests conducted across B.C., 77,622 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 38,314,324.

Over 1,089,471 people have died from the illness and 28,808,888 have made a full recovery.