Another 538 cases of COVID-19 in B.C., including 28 in Interior Health

B.C. health officials have announced another 538 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death due to the disease.

That figure includes 28 new cases in the Interior Health region, which now has 223 active cases. Two of those active cases are patients in hospital, and one of those is in critical care.

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To date, the Interior Health region has seen 1,172 cases.

The province as a whole has now seen 24,960 cases. Of those, 6,929 are active, 17,207 have recovered and 321 have died.

In hospital, there are now 217 people with COVID-19. Of those, 59 are in critical care.

An additional 9,977 people are under active public health monitoring due to exposure to confirmed cases.

New cases elsewhere in the province include 178 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 309 in Fraser Health, 12 in Vancouver Island Health and 11 in Northern Health.

Four additional health-care facility outbreaks were announced on Thursday. The province now has outbreaks at six hospitals and 49 care homes, including four care homes in the Interior Health region.

A number of new restrictions were introduced on Thursday to quell the recent surge of cases, including restrictions on events, social gatherings, travel, businesses, and places of worship, as well as a mandatory mask policy.

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