B.C. recorded 335 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, including four new cases in Island Health.
Seven of the new cases are epidemiologically-linked, meaning people who were never tested but were presumed to have COVID-19 because they developed symptoms and were close contacts of a laboratory-confirmed case.
One new COVID-19 death was also reported on Wednesday, bringing B.C.’s COVID-19 death toll to 273.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer and B.C. Minister of Health Adrian Dix, Minister released Wednesday’s numbers in a joint statement.
B.C. has now had a total of 16,135 cases since the start of the pandemic, including 274 in the Island Health region (four more than Nov. 3), 5,097 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (104 more than Nov. 3), 9,439 in the Fraser Health region (205 more than Nov. 3), 803 in the Interior Health region (15 more than Nov. 3), 432 in the Northern Health region (seven more than Nov. 3) and 90 cases of people who reside outside of Canada (visitors and temporary foreign workers).
There are 3,120 active cases of COVID-19 in the province (103 more than Nov. 3), 7,133 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases (245 more than Nov. 3), and 12,659 people who tested positive have recovered.
Ninety-two people in B.C. are hospitalized with COVID-19 (no change from Nov. 3), 25 of whom are in intensive care (three more than Nov. 3).
There has been one new community outbreak at La Casa resort in West Kelowna. The outbreak at Tim Horton’s in Merritt has been declared over.
There have been three new health-care facility outbreaks at Hawthorne Seniors Care Community, White Rock Senior Village and Village at Mill Creek. The outbreak at Peace Portal Seniors Village has been declared over. In total, 29 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and two acute-care facilities have active outbreaks. They are:
- Haro Park Centre long-term care facility (second occurrence) in Vancouver Coastal Health
- Lakeview Care Centre in Vancouver Coastal Health
- Louis Brier Home & Hospital in Vancouver Coastal Health
- Royal Arch Masonic Home long-term care facility (second occurrence) in Vancouver Coastal Health
- Three Links Care Centre long-term care facility in Vancouver Coastal Health
- Banfield Pavilion – 4th Floor West long-term care facility in Vancouver Coastal Health
- Yaletown House long-term care facility in Vancouver Coastal Health
- Hamilton Village Care Centre long-term care facility in Vancouver Coastal Health
- Agassiz Seniors Community in Fraser Health
- Amenida Seniors Community in Fraser Health
- Banfield Pavilion in Fraser Health
- Belvedere Care Centre in Fraser Health
- CareLife Fleetwood in Fraser Health
- Evergreen Baptist Care Society long-term care facility in Fraser Health
- Fair Haven Homes Burnaby Lodge in Fraser Health
- Fellburn Care Centre long-term care facility in Fraser Health
- Laurel Place long-term care facility in Fraser Health
- Hawthorne Seniors Care Community assisted living in Fraser Health
- Hawthorne Seniors Care Community long-term care facility in Fraser Health
- Mayfair Terrace Retirement Residence in Fraser Health
- PICS assisted-living facility (second occurrence) in Fraser Health
- Queen’s Park Care Centre in Fraser Health
- Rosemary Heights Seniors Village independent-, assisted- and long-term care facility in Fraser Health
- St. Michael’s Centre long-term care facility in Fraser Health
- The Gateway Assisted Living for Seniors in Fraser Health
- Good Samaritan Delta View Care Center 2 long-term care facility in Fraser Health
- White Rock Seniors Village 2 long-term care facility in Fraser Health
- Rotary Manor Dawson Creek in Northern Health
- Village at Mill Creek long-term care home in Interior Health
A total of 8,848 COVID-19 tests were done in the last 24 hours. B.C. has a testing rate of 121,620 per one million.
“While our experiences with COVID-19 may be unique, when it comes to how our province fares through this pandemic, we are all connected,” Dix and Henry said in Wednesday’s statement.
“Here in B.C., we have one COVID-19 curve because the risks are everywhere and no community or person is immune. The virus doesn’t recognize community boundaries or regional borders.
“As we have seen before, a small cluster in one region can quickly become an outbreak in another. That is why provincewide orders are in place throughout B.C. and why we all need to use our layers of protection – all the time.
“When transmission increases in one area, we focus our public health efforts to contain the further spread and ask everyone to step up their own efforts and preventive actions at the same time.
“Our layers of protection are how we protect each other and, importantly, work best when used together. Let’s remember to wash our hands frequently and wear a mask when inside close or public spaces, and let’s also keep our groups small inside and outside our homes.
“Doing these things together is what keeps our communities strong and keeps everyone safe. These actions are what ensures capacity within our health-care system, protects those who are most vulnerable and allows our well-being to continue.”
There are 22 active cases in Island Health: eight on southern Vancouver Island, six on central Vancouver Island and eight on northern Vancouver Island.
Island Health has no COVID-19 hospitalizations and 246 people have recovered. A total of 1,049 new tests were done in the health authority in the last 24 hours.
Southern Vancouver Island includes the Greater Victoria region, Southern Gulf Islands and the Port Renfrew area.
Central Vancouver Island includes the Cowichan Valley, Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville, Port Alberni and Tofino areas.
Northern Vancouver Island goes from the Comox Valley to Port Hardy but also includes surrounding areas like Alert Bay and Sointula.
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, positivity rates 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 ( BC CDC) here.
According to Johns Hopkins University and Medicine, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide is more than 47.9 million. More than 1.2 million deaths have been recorded.