Province reports 589 new cases of COVID-19, including 24 in Interior Health region

Interior Health has 24 new cases and a record amount of active cases, with 115, including one in hospital

B.C. health officials are reporting 589 new cases of COVID-19, identified over the past 24 hours.

Two further deaths have also been announced, bringing the death toll in the province to 275.

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With another record amount of new cases and a record amount of active cases, 3,741 in all, hospitalization numbers remain low, but continue to slowly increase.

As of Friday, there are 104 people in hospital, with 28 of those in critical care. One person is reported to be in hospital in the Interior Health region.

Another 7,887 people — also a record amount — are under active public health monitoring due to exposure to confirmed cases.

The bulk of the new cases are in the Lower Mainland, with 146 new cases in the Vancouver Coastal Health region and 402 in Fraser Health.

But Interior Health has also seen one of its larger bursts of new cases, with 24 new reported on Friday. The region also has a record amount of active cases, with 115.

Elsewhere in the province there have been five new cases in Vancouver Island Health and 12 new cases in Northern Health.

Friday's update also contained a host of new health-care facility outbreaks in the province, all six in the Lower Mainland. The province now has a total of 31 health-care facility outbreaks, most of which are at long-term care homes.

The province also announced an outbreak at the Patient Care Tower construction site at Royal Inland Hospital. The outbreak is classified as a community outbreak and Interior Health says hospital activity is not affected, nor is the timeline for the construction of the building.

Of the province's 17,149 cases since the pandemic began, 13,035 have recovered.

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