The Wednesday report from Doctor Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix showed a slight decline in the daily cases from recent totals of the last few weeks, however the number of deaths attributed in one 24 hour period unfortunately increased today.
Today's briefing was one which streamed live across the province. “Today, we are reporting 738 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, for a total of 29,086 cases in British Columbia.
There are 7,816 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 294 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 61 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
Currently, 10,270 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 19,814 people who tested positive have recovered.
There have been 13 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 371 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic."
Across the province the review of new cases over the last 24 hours from each Health Authority is as follows: 169 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 443 in the Fraser Health region, 21 in the Island Health region, 70 in the Interior Health region, 35 in the Northern Health region bringing the total since January to 713 in Northern BC.
There were no new cases of COVID-19 when it comes to people who reside outside of Canada.
The two public health officials also made note of some past reporting errors on the daily totals.
"We are also reporting a data correction in the daily case numbers in the Fraser Health region. Due to an error in the transfer of data from a lab to the health authority, there were errors in the new cases reported from Nov. 17-24. The data has been reviewed and authenticated."
The province is also preparing for when vaccines will be made available to British Columbians, towards the application of a vaccine strategy, Dr. Henry and Minister Dix introduced Dr. Ross Brown, who will oversee the British Columbia vaccine operations as part of the COVID-19 response.
“Today, we are very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ross Brown, vice-president pandemic from Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, to oversee our COVID-19 vaccine operations in British Columbia."
“As part of our province wide COVID-19 response, the minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General has put a new order in place to enable enforcement of the mandatory use of masks in all indoor public spaces.
A comprehensive list of the locations where the order applies, as well as the individuals who are exempt from this order is available here.
It is important to remember that while masks are now required in many locations, not everyone is able to wear a mask. If you see someone without a mask, understand that while we are all in the same storm, each of our circumstances is unique.
This virus is putting a strain on all of us, which is why compassion and care for others is so important right now."
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