B.C. health officials reported 167 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, including one new case in Island Health.
One of the new cases is epidemiologically-linked, meaning a person who was never tested but was presumed to have COVID-19 because they developed symptoms and were close contacts of a laboratory-confirmed case.
And there was also one new COVID-19 death in the province in the last 24 hours, bringing B.C.’s COVID-19 death toll to 254.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Stephen Brown, deputy minister of health, released Tuesday’s numbers in a joint statement.
B.C. has now had a total of 11,854 cases since the start of the pandemic: 244 in the Island Health region, 4,175 cases in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 6,366 in the Fraser Health region, 624 in the Interior Health region, 357 in the Northern Health region and 88 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
There are 1,688 active cases of COVID-19 in the province (49 more than Oct. 19), 4,156 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases (128 more than Oct. 19) and 9,871 people who tested positive have recovered.
Sixty-nine people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in B.C. (two more than Oct. 19) 18 of whom are in intensive care (one fewer than Oct. 19).
There have been three new health-care facility outbreaks at Evergreen Baptist Care Society, Good Samaritan Victoria Heights and Sunset Manor. The outbreaks at George Derby, Langley Lodge and Chartwell Crescent Gardens have been declared over. A total of 17 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and two acute-care facilities in B.C. have active outbreaks. They are:
- Haro Park Centre long-term care facility (second occurrence) in Vancouver Coastal Health
- Point Grey Private Hospital long-term care facility in Vancouver Coastal Health
- Royal Arch Masonic Home long-term care facility (second occurrence) in Vancouver Coastal Health
- Weinberg Residence long-term care facility in Vancouver Coastal Health
- Chartwell Carrington House assisted and independent living facility in Fraser Health
- Evergreen Baptist Care Society long-term care facility in Fraser Health
- Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre long-term care facility in Fraser Health
- Good Samaritan Victoria Heights long-term care facility in Fraser Health
- Harrison West at Elim Village long-term care facility in Fraser Health
- Peace Portal Seniors Village long-term care facility in Fraser Health
- PICS assisted-living facility in Fraser Health
- Rosemary Heights Seniors Village independent, assisted-living and long-term care facility in Fraser Health
- Sunset Manor long-term care facility in Fraser Health
- The Village assisted-living and long-term care facility in Fraser Health
- Thornebridge Gardens assisted-living facility in Fraser Health
- White Rock Seniors Village long-term care facility in Fraser Health
- Zion Park Manor long-term care facility in Fraser Health
No new community outbreaks were reported on Tuesday.
“We have the ability to decide what our COVID-19 wave looks like in B.C. by continuing to take personal precautions and using our layers of protection, no matter where we may be,” Henry and Brown said in Tuesday’s statement.
“Let’s continue to support our neighbours, local businesses and communities, who are doing their part. Take the time to reach out to friends and neighbours – in a safe way – to show them you care and remind them that while you may be keeping a safe distance right now, they are not alone.
“Despite the challenges that COVID-19 has brought, your efforts are making a difference and helping to slow the spread of the virus. Let’s continue to work together – while staying apart.”
Eleven of the active cases are in Island Health, according to the BC COVID-19 dashboard. There are no COVID-19 hospitalizations in the region and 227 people have recovered.
More COVID-19 information
If there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in a school, public health contacts affected school community members directly. Regional health authorities also post school notifications on their websites, providing the date and type of notification (outbreak, cluster or exposure) for impacted schools.
The Island Health school site can be found here.
B.C. has posted detailed information about the geographic distribution of COVID-19 cases from January to September 2020. This map will be updated monthly, according to B.C. health officials.
Island Health’s COVID-19 data breaks down North, Central and South Island case counts and lists the number of days since any new lab-diagnosed cases. You can find the data here along with any public exposures.
To see B.C.’s COVID-19 numbers by day and health authority, along with testing numbers and recoveries, visit the B.C. COVID-19 dashboard. The numbers are updated at 4:30 p.m. PT each weekday.
To see a list of all provincial public COVID-19 exposures in the province, including links to exposures listed on health authority websites, visit the B.C. Centre for Disease Control website (CDC) here.
According to Johns Hopkins University and Medicine the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide is more than 40.6 million. More than 1.1 million deaths have been recorded.