British Columbia’s health officials are set to return to a routine of live updates on Fridays as the surge in daily COVID-19 case numbers continues.
That will be the case on November 27 as Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix will address the province at 3 p.m. this afternoon.
The press conference will be available by live stream on both CHEK’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.
The live announcement will come one day after British Columbia set the record for the highest number of daily cases of COVID-19 with 887.
The number, reported on Nov. 26, is now considered the record after Dr. Henry revealed a previous error in reporting between Nov. 16 to Nov. 24, which led to a data adjustment.
Due to the adjustment, the 941 cases – announced on Nov. 24 – shifted to 706. The altering of data meant the province’s highest ever single-day case total – prior to Thursday – was 859 new cases on Nov. 21.
In addition to a record-setting number of cases within a 24-hour period, health officials also revealed there were 13 additional deaths on Thursday – tying the record set just one day before.
With numbers at an all-time daily high in British Columbia for both cases and deaths, Dr. Henry and Dix continue to push the message of keeping “to as few faces as possible right now.”
Despite restrictions in place to limit non-essential travel and social gatherings, health officials are still hoping British Columbians can get outside and remain connected while staying apart.
“Even though we may be staying small right now, that doesn’t stop us from staying connected and staying active. You can go outside, try a local restaurant you haven’t been to before with your family or connect with friends virtually,” the duo wrote in a joint statement on Thursday.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also revealed on Friday that he believes the majority of Canadians will be vaccinated by next September.