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BC breaks COVID-19 case record, again

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:54 PST, Fri November 13, 2020

Less than a week after imposing new restrictions in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 in BC, the province has recorded its highest daily case increase yet again, with Friday’s number of 617.

However, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says she doesn’t expect to see numbers decrease as a result of last weekend’s tightened public health restrictions until early next week. Since the pandemic began, there have been 20,985 cases in BC. Of the new cases, 130 were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region and 424 in the Fraser Health region. The Interior Health region reported 42 new cases, higher than previous days’ increases, but both the Island and Northern regions reported a low number of new cases.

There are 5,579 active cases of the virus—a decrease of over 200 from yesterday’s number. However, another thousand people are under public health monitoring today for a total of 12,016.

Hospitalizations continue to rise to new record highs, with 167 people in hospital today with COVID-19. Fifty of those people are in intensive care, a number which peaked at 72 in early April. Sadly, there were two new virus-related deaths for a total of 290.

There were three new healthcare facility outbreaks announced, including one at Fraserview Intermediate Care Lodge in Richmond. Four existing outbreaks were declared over, leaving 41 active outbreaks in the healthcare sector: 35 in longterm care or assisted living facilities and six in acute care facilities. An active outbreak remains at Richmond’s Pinegrove Place retirement home. There were no new community outbreaks and two existing ones were declared over.

"As yesterday's modelling update clearly showed, this is a critical time for everyone in our province. We need to act now to protect our loved ones, our Elders and our communities,” said provincial health authorities in a statement.

"When faced with a resurgence of COVID-19, it can be difficult to muster the strength to keep moving forward, yet British Columbians continue to show unwavering resilience and fortitude to support friends and neighbours in our communities and take care of those who are most at risk, by following the orders and using our layers of protection.”

They encouraged people to have a safe start to Diwali celebrations this weekend by staying home, limiting travel and connecting virtually instead.

For a list of community exposure events, click here.

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/ or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

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