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

The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 717 new cases of novel coronavirus in the province on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 23,661.

In total, 6,871 of the cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 14,659 in Fraser Health, 397 in Vancouver Island Health region, 1,093 in Interior Health, 540 in Northern Health region, and 92 people whose residence is outside of Canada.

The number of active cases has increased by 310 to 6,589 in B.C.

There are now a total of 198 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 63 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.

11 additional deaths were reported over the past 24 hours, and the death toll is now at 310.

10,960 people are in isolation and being monitored by public health officials after being exposed to COVID-19.

A total of 16,469 people have recovered from novel coronavirus.


One new outbreak was reported at a long term care facility the Island Health region in the past 24 hours.

There are now a total of 46 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and seven 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.

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

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

There have been a total of 397 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 17, there are 114 active cases in the region.

  • South Vancouver Island  Active cases: 34, Total Cases: 140
  • Central Vancouver Island Active cases: 60, Total Cases: 150
  • North Vancouver Island Active cases: 20, Total Cases: 107

The COVID-19 case curve in Vancouver Island health region as of November 17 is represented below:

(Island Health)

As of Monday there had been a total of 955,239 novel coronavirus tests conducted across B.C., 110,223 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 55,912,251.

Over 1,342,591 people have died from the illness and 38,922,251 have recovered.

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