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New record of COVID-19 cases in B.C., Interior

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix
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November 26, 2020 - 4:24 PM

Another 887 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in B.C. today, Nov. 26, with 65 of them being in the Interior Health region.

Those numbers were issued in a joint statement from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

Today’s news also comes with a report of 13 new deaths, bringing the provincial total to 384. Three of those were in the Interior Health region but none recently.

The 887 cases are likely a record high in B.C. for a single day. Earlier in the week, a single-day high of 941 cases was reported but that was adjusted downwards yesterday.

The 65 new cases in the Interior Health region is down slightly from the 70 recorded yesterday but still much higher than they were in previous days.

There have now been 29,973  cases in B.C. and 1,491 in Interior Health.

Of the Interior cases, 374 are active, nine people are in hospital, two of whom are in intensive care.

The COVID-19 outbreaks in the Hamlets at Westsyde long term care home in Kamloops and the Village by the Station in Penticton have both been declared over. Each had one case only, according to an Interior Health news release.

There has also been a community cluster declared in Revelstoke.

READ MORE: UPDATE: Interior Health reports community cluster in Revelstoke; 22 new COVID-19 cases

Of the 887 new cases in B.C., 612 were in the Fraser Health region, 168 in Vancouver Coastal, 18 on Vancouver Island and in the 24 Northern health region.

There are now 7,899 active cases, with 294 people in hospital, 64 of whom are in intensive care. There are another 10,307 being monitored by health care workers.

"Let's support our public health teams, which are tirelessly working to track the virus, break the chain of transmission and keep all of us safe,” the news release staes. “The best way to do that is for each of us to keep to as few faces as possible right now. Exposures and transmission can happen anywhere. By paying attention to the places we go and the people we see, we can help contact tracers contain the further spread if that does occur.”

At yesterday’s briefing, Dr. Henry corrected the most recent daily numbers, saying there were errors in transmitting data from some labs to health authorities between Nov. 17 and 24.

These errors, she said, were mostly in the Fraser Health region.

The corrected numbers show that the record number of cases of 941 announced on Nov. 24 was incorrect. There were only 706 cases that day.

That means the highest number of cases recorded in a single day in B.C. was Nov. 21 with 861 cases.

These are the corrected numbers:

  • Nov. 16 – 509, down from 646
  • Nov. 17 – 576, down from 717
  • Nov. 18 – 818, up from 762
  • Nov. 19 – 647, up from 538
  • Nov. 20 – 832, up from 516
  • Nov. 21 – 861, up from 715
  • Nov. 22 – 682, up from 626
  • Nov. 23 – 679, up from 594
  • Nov. 24 – 706, down from 941
  • Nov. 25 - 738, as presented

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