Province reports 617 new cases of COVID-19, with 42 new in the Interior

Interior Health has now seen more than 1,000 cases since the pandemic began

B.C. has reported 617 new cases of COVID-19 and two further deaths attributed to the disease.

The province now has 5,579 active cases, with 167 people in hospital and 50 of those patients in critical care. Another 12,016 people are under active public health monitoring due to exposure to known cases.

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In the Interior Health region, there are 42 new cases and 173 total active cases. One person is in hospital.

Elsewhere, there have been 424 new cases in Fraser Health,130 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health,  16 new cases in Vancouver Island Health and five new cases in Northern Health.

There are currently 41 health-care facility outbreaks in the province, with three new outbreaks announced on Friday, including at Sun Pointe Village long-term care home's Belgo unit in Kelowna. Currently one staff member is affected.

In a joint statement by Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, the two urged British Columbians to mark Diwali responsibly.

"This weekend, we encourage everyone to have a safe start to Diwali celebrations by staying home, limiting your travel and connecting virtually instead," the statement reads.

To date, 290 have died due to COVID-19 in B.C., while 14,901 have recovered.


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