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762 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C.; 38 in Interior Health

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
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November 18, 2020 - 3:23 PM

B.C. health officials reported 762 new cases of COVID-19, 38 of which are in the Interior Health region.

That raises the provincewide total to 24,422 cases. Hospitalizations have reached a record high with 209 individuals needing medical intervention, 58 of whom are in intensive care. Ten more people have died from the disease, raising the death toll to 320.

There have been no new community outbreaks and the outbreak at La Casa Resort, outside of West Kelowna, has been declared over.

"We have seen a rising number of new cases of COVID-19 across the province and we need to slow this down. We need to put the brakes on the virus and doing this requires a sustained effort by all of us," Dr. Bonnie Henty and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement issued today, Nov. 18.

"This second surge is putting a strain on our health-care system, our workplaces and us all. We need to ease this pressure so we can continue to manage the virus in our province and also continue to do the many activities that are important to us. While your personal efforts may seem small or having little impact, the collective benefit to every community in every region is significant. Our safety layers are there to help protect us and they work best when we are all using them, all of the time."

Of all the new cases,  210 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 481 in the Fraser Health region, 20 in the Island Health region, 38 in the Interior Health region, 13 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

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