B.C. surpasses 10,000 total cases of COVID-19

The province reported 110 new cases on Thursday, pushing B.C. above 10,000 total cases since its first on Jan. 28.

The province has now surpassed 10,000 cases of COVID-19 since its first case on Jan. 28, 254 days ago.

Added to B.C.'s confirmed case count, 10,066 in all, are 110 new positive tests reported on Thursday.

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"Today we've reached a threshold, one that makes us pause," said Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry at Thursday's COVID-19 briefing.

One additional death was also reported, occurring in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. A total of 245 have died in B.C. due to COVID-19.

The province now has 1,394 active cases, with 76 of those in hospital and 17 in critical care.

There is one hospitalization in the Interior Health region, which had no new cases reported Thursday.

By health region to date, there have been 3,693 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 5,174 in Fraser Health, 223 in Vancouver Island Health, 557 in Interior Health, 330 in Northern Health and 89 among those who reside outside Canada.

Another 3,189 people are under active public health monitoring due to potential exposure and 8,398 of those with confirmed cases have now recovered.

Ahead of the Thanksgiving long weekend, Henry reminded people to keep their turkey dinners small and to slow down and think before acting.

B.C. faring well, despite grim milestone

On average, B.C. has fared well throughout the pandemic, with a rate of 196 cases per 100,000 people. Canada, as a whole, averages 461 cases per 100,000 people, with Quebec being the worst hit by the virus at 965 cases per 100,000 people as of Wednesday, Oct. 7.

By the raw numbers, B.C. is the fourth-hardest-hit province, with half the cases of Alberta, five times fewer cases than Ontario and about nine times fewer cases than Quebec.

B.C. has seen a COVID-19 death rate comparable to Alberta and Nova Scotia at five deaths per 100,000 people — five times lower than the Canadian average.

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