A record 50 new cases of COVID-19 in Northern Health

A record 50 new cases of COVID-19 in Northern Health

Health officials reported 834 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing BC's active case count to 8,941.

Since we last reported, we have had 143 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 427 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 10 in the Island Health region, 81 in the Interior Health region, 50 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

The provincial health officer says progress is being made when it comes to alerting families about possible COVID-19 exposures linked to schools.

More information is expected to be released at Dr. Henry's media availability today (Dec. 3) and the change is also coming after an "old-timers" hockey team, who recently travelled to Alberta, has spread COVID-19 to dozens of people upon returning home to B.C.'s Interior. Three health-care outbreaks were also declared at the Royal City Manor in New Westminster, and the Saanich Peninsula Hospital, and the West Coast General Hospital in Port Alberni.

A total of 25,658 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have now recovered.

"Despite the fatigue, let's stand strong against this virus".

"We need to stay local, we need to stay small and we need to avoid those public settings that, right now, are a risk for all of us".

Deputy Provincial Health Officer Dr. Reka Gustafson said the survey results informed public health decisions in B.C. around which services to keep open.

Structured child and youth sport programs will continue to be allowed, but must follow ViaSport Phase Two requirements.

"I can not stop you by order in getting into your auto or getting on a plan, but I'm asking...you to stay put", Henry added.

"We know the restrictions put an added burden on what is an already hard time for all of us, but they are what is required right now".

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