(Dr. Bonnie Henry/BC Gov Flickr)

The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 425 new cases of novel coronavirus in the province Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to 16,560.

11,020 COVID-19 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours, bringing the provincial percent positivity rate to 3.8%.

In total, 5,223 of the cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 9,707 in Fraser Health, 281 in Vancouver Island Health region, 811 in Interior Health, 438 in Northern Health region, and 90 people whose residence is outside of Canada.

The number of active cases has increased by 269 to 3,389 in B.C.

There are now a total of 97 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 24 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

No additional deaths were reported over the past 24 hours, and the death toll is at 273.

7,519 people are now in isolation and being monitored by public health officials after being exposed to COVID-19.

A total of 12,806 people have recovered from novel coronavirus.


Two new health care facility outbreaks were reported today, while one outbreak has been declared over.

There are now a total of 28 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and two acute-care facilities that have active, ongoing outbreaks.

No new community outbreaks were reported today.

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

Seven new COVID-19 cases were reported in the Island Health region on Thursday.

There have been a total of 281 cases of COVID-19 in the region, six of whom have died.

Island Health reports that as of November 5, there are 26 active cases on the Island.

  • South Vancouver Island  Active cases: 12, Total Cases: 107
  • Central Vancouver Island Active cases: 6, Total Cases: 88
  • North Vancouver Island Active cases: 8, Total Cases: 86

The COVID-19 case curve in Vancouver Island health region as of November 6 is represented below.

(Island Health)

As of Wednesday there had been 873,472 novel coronavirus tests conducted across B.C., 103,254 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 48,970,639.

Over 1,238,340 people have died from the illness and 34,938,204 have recovered.

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