Horgan to address British Columbians as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

Grant Boone
November 20, 2020

The province reached another peak on Tuesday, reporting 717 new cases and 11 deaths, meaning 310 people have died after contracting COVID-19 since the pandemic started.

6,589 cases are considered active, with 198 people in hospital, up 17, and 63 in intensive care, an increase of six.

A record-breaking 20 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed for Island Health on Wednesday.

The new cases are largely clustered in the Lower Mainland, with 484 recorded in the Fraser Valley, 177 in Vancouver Coastal, 18 in Interior Health, 16 in Island Health, 21 in Northern Health and one case in a person who resides outside of Canada.

There are now 209 people in hospital, with 58 in intensive care.

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Dr. Richard Stanwick, chief medical health officer for Island Health, said Vancouver Island is at risk of going in the same direction as Metro Vancouver, now that 566 people are in isolation, 10 times higher than it was a few weeks ago. Another outbreak at the Normanna, a care home in Burnaby, has ended.

Henry said there had been no new community outbreaks.

There were 38 new cases in the Interior Health Authority, which has now seen 1,144 cases of the virus.

Currently, 9,871 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

"While your personal efforts may seem small or having little impact, the collective benefit to every community in every region is significant". Earlier in the day, Premier John Horgan alluded to a "second component" of the temporary regional health order Henry imposed on the Lower Mainland on November 9, which curtailed social interactions and forced gyms to submit new safety plans. "Our safety layers are there to help protect us and they work best when we are all using them, all of the time". "We need to go back to what we were doing in March and April and May, where it was essential travel only", Henry said.

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