(Dr. Bonnie Henry w/ Ministry of Health staff/(Photo by Colin Smith Takes Pics)

The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 762 new cases of novel coronavirus in the province on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases to 24,422.

In total, 7,081 of the cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 15,140 in Fraser Health, 417 in Vancouver Island Health region, 1,131 in Interior Health, 553 in Northern Health region, and 92 people whose residence is outside of Canada.

The number of active cases has increased by 272 to 6,861 in B.C.

There are now a total of 209 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 58 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units. More people are now hospitalized with COVID-19 in B.C. than there ever have been in the past.

10 additional COVID-related deaths were reported over the past 24 hours, and the death toll is now at 320.

9,871 people are in isolation and being monitored by public health officials after being exposed to COVID-19.

A total of 16,914 people have recovered from novel coronavirus.


Three new outbreaks were reported at health care facilities across B.C. while one outbreak has been declared over.

There are now a total of 48 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and seven acute-care facilities that have active, ongoing outbreaks.

No new community outbreaks were reported in the past 24 hours.

There remain 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

20 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the Island Health region on Wednesday.

There have been a total of 417 cases of COVID-19 in the region, six of whom have died. Two people in the region are currently in hospital after contracting the virus, one of whom is in ICU.

Island Health reports that as of November 18, there are 118 active cases in the region.

  • South Vancouver Island  Active cases: 31, Total Cases: 144
  • Central Vancouver Island Active cases: 71, Total Cases: 165
  • North Vancouver Island Active cases: 16, Total Cases: 108

The COVID-19 case curve in Vancouver Island health region as of November 18 is represented below:

(Island Health)

As of Tuesday there had been a total of 994,615 novel coronavirus tests conducted across B.C., 114,648 of which were done in the Island Health region.

See all the latest updates about the global COVID-19 pandemic on Vancouver Island

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 56,502,192.

Over 1,353,400 people have died from the illness and 39,302,779 have recovered.

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