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B.C. health officials issue Halloween warning as hundreds of new COVID-19 cases reported

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides an update on COVID-19, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020.
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October 30, 2020 - 4:23 PM

With 272 new COVID-19 cases being reported today, including seven in the Interior Health region, people are being reminded to keep their Halloween activities confined to small groups and mostly outdoors.

"As we all enjoy Halloween tomorrow, make it about the treats and not the tricks,” states a joint release from provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix, issued today, Oct. 30. 

“There are many ways to make fun memories this fall. This weekend is a great opportunity to be outside, enjoying the fall foliage and Halloween decorations.”

With the 272 new cases there have now been 14,381 people infected in B.C.

Currently there are 2,390 active cases, 6,003 people who are under public health monitoring and 11,670 people who tested positive have recovered.

There are 78 people in hospital with 25 of those in intensive care.

While there are 87 active cases in the Interior Health region, no one is in hospital.

Since the start of the pandemic in January there have been 8,219 cases in the Fraser Health region, 4,664 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 256 in the Vancouver Island Health region, 741 in the Interior Health region, 412 in the Northern Health region and 89 among foreign residents.

There has been one new death, bringing the death toll to 263.

The statement reminded people that no more than six guests can be invited to private homes and said surveillance will be increased this weekend.

“The order applies to all gatherings – indoor and outdoor – hosted at households,” Interior Health chief medical health officer Dr. Albert De Villiers said in a release.

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