(Dr. Bonnie Henry, Minister Adrian Dix/BC Gov Flickr)

The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported another record breaking day of 617 new cases of novel coronavirus in the province Friday, bringing the total number of cases to 20,985.

In total, 6,239 of the cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 12,814 in Fraser Health, 340 in Vancouver Island Health region, 988 in Interior Health, 505 in Northern Health region, and 90 people whose residence is outside of Canada.

The number of active cases has decreased by 214 to 5,579 in B.C.

There are now a total of 167 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 50 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units. There are now more people hospitalized with COVID-19 in B.C. than there ever has been in the past.

Two additional deaths were reported over the past 24 hours, and the death toll is now at 290.

12,016 people are now in isolation and being monitored by public health officials after being exposed to COVID-19.

A total of 14,901 people have recovered from novel coronavirus.


Three new outbreaks were reported in health care facilities across B.C., while four outbreaks are now over.

There are now a total of 35 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and six acute-care facilities that have active, ongoing outbreaks. One of these outbreaks is at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and is the first COVID-19 outbreak at a health care facility on Vancouver Island.

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

16 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the Island Health region Friday.

There have been a total of 340 cases of COVID-19 in the region, six of whom have died. Two people in the region are currently in ICU after contracting the virus.

Island Health reports that as of November 13, there are 67 active cases in the region:

  • South Vancouver Island  Active cases: 25, Total Cases: 128
  • Central Vancouver Island Active cases: 27, Total Cases: 113
  • North Vancouver Island Active cases: 15, Total Cases: 99

The COVID-19 case curve in Vancouver Island health region as of November 13 is represented below:

(Island Health)

As of Thursday there had been a total of 945,759 novel coronavirus tests conducted across B.C., 109,397 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 53,699,388.

Over 1,308,295 people have died from the illness and 37,469,075 have recovered.

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