525 new COVID-19 cases and 3 more deaths in B.C.

PROVINCIAL Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix on Tuesday announced 525 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 19,239 cases in British Columbia.

There were three new COVID-19-related deaths, and the total number of deaths now stands at 284 in the province.

There are 5,133 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. Currently, 142 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 46 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

There are 9,781 people under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 13,704 people who tested positive have recovered.

We have had 159 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 325 in the Fraser Health region, seven in the Island Health region, 27 in the Interior Health region, seven in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

We have two new health-care facility outbreaks at Holyrood Manor and Burnaby Hospital. In total, 33 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and six acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.

Henry and Dix said: “We need to break the chains of transmission and slow the surge of COVID-19 cases – especially in the regions and locations of highest spread.

“The regional health authority restrictions are a short-term pause on non-essential activities to ensure we can maintain capacity within our health-care system and continue important essential activities.

“We need to slow down and take a step back to allow us to safely move forward in the weeks ahead.

“A growing number of people in British Columbia are now self-isolating at home, away from their work, school, friends and family, which in turn is creating unnecessary financial and emotional strain for far too many.

“We can turn this trend around and the time to do that is now.

“Over the next two weeks, and especially tomorrow on Remembrance Day, let’s honour our veterans for all that they have done for our province and nation. Let’s recognize the sacrifices and hardship they faced and overcame by making our own small sacrifices right now.

“While the ceremonies may be remote, the poppies virtual and our legions closed this Remembrance Day, we can still show our appreciation, in a safe and respectful way, to the men and women who have proudly served our nation.

“Thank you to our veterans for your service and thank you to everyone in British Columbia for doing your part to protect our veterans, our Elders and communities.”