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Another 223 new COVID-19 cases recorded in B.C.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry
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October 23, 2020 - 4:20 PM

With another 223 new COVID-19 cases reported today in B.C., there have now been 12,554 people infected since January.

That includes 18 new cases in the Interior Health region, bringing that total to 662, according to a joint statement issued today, Oct. 23, by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and deputy minister of health Stephen Brown.

There are 75 people in hospital, 24 of whom are in intensive care, 2,009 active cases, 4,637 people being actively monitored and 10,247 who have recovered. There have not been any new deaths, leaving the death toll at 256.

"In recent days, we have seen a number of new outbreaks of COVID-19 in the community and in long-term care facilities,” the release reads. “Contact-tracing teams throughout our province are working around the clock to stop further spread, but it requires all of us to do our part to be successful in these efforts.

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"This is our opportunity and the time to take a step back from our social interactions and keep our groups small this weekend. In doing this, we show our appreciation and support for the important work of contact tracers.”

Since the start of the pandemic in January there have been 6,864 cases in the Fraser Health region, 4,319 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 250 in the Vancouver Island Health region, 371 in the Northern Health region and 88 amongst foreign residents.

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