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217 cases of COVID-19 cases in B.C.; 24 new cases in Interior Health

Dr. Bonnie Henry announced five new deaths.
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October 27, 2020 - 3:50 PM

B.C. health officials are reporting 217 new cases of COVID-19 overnight, bringing the provincewide total to 13,588 since the start of the pandemic.

Of all the new cases, Interior Health is reporting 24, raising the regional total to 717 since the start of the pandemic. Of all those cases, 92 are considered active and are in isolation while one person is in hospital.

Contributing to those numbers are school exposures and outbreaks. The outbreak at Kelowna's francophone school, École de L’Anse-au-sable, now has 15 cases related to its outbreak while approximately 175 people have been directed to self-isolate for 14 days.

School exposures have also been identified at Kelowna Secondary School and St. Joseph Elementary School in Kelowna. The latter is an independent school out of the Catholic Independent Schools of the Nelson Diocese.

The growing number of cases prompted B.C.'s top doctor Bonnie Henry and Stephen Brown, deputy minister of health to issue a reminder to use layers of protection to reduce the potential for the virus to spread. 

"In addition to washing our hands often and staying home when ill, our protective layers include limiting our time with people outside of our household, keeping our groups small, giving people the space to stay safe and if that is challenging, using a non-medical mask," Henry and Brown said in the statement.

"A mask is especially helpful in public indoor spaces where you don't know the people around you and the risks they may have. As a result, the expectation is that masks will be worn within public areas of health-care facilities, shopping malls, grocery stores, community centres and other public spaces - as you enter, exit and move around."

Public indoor spaces are quite different from our schools, offices and businesses that have established learning groups and work cohorts, supported by comprehensive COVID-19 safety plans.

There are 2,322 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 5,101 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 10,954 people who tested positive have recovered.

Currently, 84 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 27 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 4,476 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 7,674 in the Fraser Health region, 250 in the Island Health region, 717 in the Interior Health region, 383 in the Northern Health region and 88 cases of people who reside outside of Canada. There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 259 deaths in British Columbia.

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