New COVID-19 cases down, but BC records 10 more deaths

Grant Boone
November 23, 2020

According to the Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, 516 new cases were confirmed across B.C., bringing the total to 25,474.

As of Friday, there were 7,122 active cases of the virus across the province including 227 patients in hospital, of whom 57 were in intensive care. The number of people under active public health monitoring has surpassed 10,000 again (10,002) after dropping slightly this week.

There have been 10 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 331 deaths in British Columbia.

The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Henry and Dix also announced three new outbreaks of the coronavirus in health-care facilities, at Agecare Harmony Court Care Centre in Burnaby, Discovery Harbour Care in Campbell River and Youville Residence in Vancouver.

"We are all feeling the strain of COVID-19", Henry added.

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Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry imposed strict restrictions on social gatherings in the Lower Mainland on November 9 but, in a joint statement issued today with the Ministry of Health, did not point to that as the reason for the decline.

"The provincewide orders are about all of us seeing fewer people, having safer workplaces and pausing higher risk activities", they said.

Also suspended are in-person services at places of worship as well as events which were previously included under the 50-person mass gathering order B.C. has operated under for much of the pandemic.

In today's (Thursday) COVID-19 briefing, It was noted most transmission has come from close knit social gatherings, and not interactions between workers and the public.

Lead image: A sign at the eastern entry to Radium Hot Springs.

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