B.C. has nearly doubled its COVID-19 case count over the past month

There are currently more than 5,000 active cases in the province and another 10,000 isolating due to potential exposure

B.C. has added 525 new cases and three new deaths to its tally over the past 24 hours.

The number of active cases has continued to grow at an alarming rate and there are now 5,133 active cases in the province.

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While the majority of new cases are in the Lower Mainland, with 159 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health and 325 in Fraser Health, the Interior Health region is also seeing an uptick in new cases, with 27 new cases reported on Tuesday.

An update from Interior Health on Tuesday afternoon says there are currently 146 active cases in the region, with one in hospital. One additional case has been linked to the Royal Inland Hospital construction site outbreak for a total of eight cases.

Elsewhere in B.C., there were seven cases in the Northern Health region and seven in the Vancouver Island Health region.

A total of 284 people have now died due to COVID-19, while 13,704 have recovered. In all, the province has seen 19,239 cases since the pandemic began.

Hospitalization numbers are also trending upwards and are set to break the record of most in hospital in B.C., with 142 people reported in hospital on Tuesday. Of those, 46 are in critical care.

The province surpassed 10,000 cases just 33 days ago on Oct. 8, meaning cases have nearly doubled in just over one month's time.

In addition, there are now 9,781 people who are under active public health monitoring due to exposure to known cases.

In a joint statement from Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, the two reiterated the need to follow orders.

"We need to break the chains of transmission and slow the surge of COVID-19 cases — especially in the regions and locations of highest spread," the statement reads.

On Saturday, the province imposed restrictions on travel, social gatherings, workplaces and fitness facilities in Lower Mainland health regions due to widespread infection.

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