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COVID claims 11 lives in BC since yesterday

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:26 PST, Tue November 17, 2020

In just the last 24 hours, 11 British Columbians lost their lives for reasons related to COVID-19.

That sobering statistic is in addition to a record high 717 new cases reported today, exceeding last weekend’s single-day record of 659 cases. One of the new cases was epidemiologically linked, and BC’s cumulative case total now stands at 23,661 cases in British Columbia.

Of the new cases, 177 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), and 484 in the Fraser Health region. The Island, Interior and Northern Health regions recorded 16, 18 and 21 new cases respectively. There was also one new case in a person who normally lives outside Canada.

There are 6,589 active cases, an increase of about 300, but the number of people under public health monitoring (10,960) only increased by 32 from yesterday. The number of hospitalizations continues to grow, with 198 people in hospital today and 63 of those people in intensive care. Health authorities announced one new healthcare facility outbreak, but no new community outbreaks. 

"We need everyone working together to stay small, stay local and help us slow the spread of COVID-19 in our province,” said health authorities in a statement. “We have seen an increase in new cases on Vancouver Island, in the Interior and in the North, many of which are connected to travel to and from the Lower Mainland. That is why is it important that we stay local and travel less right now.

"When we spend time inside with people from outside of our household, our work group or school cohort, the risks increase for everyone. Instead, let's stay connected virtually and make it a safer winter for all of us."

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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