Province sets single-day records for new COVID-19 deaths, cases and hospitalizations

B.C. health officials say 11 people have died in the past 24 hours due to the virus and another 717 have been diagnosed with COVID-19

B.C. health officials have announced 11 new deaths due to COVID-19 and 717 new cases of the disease.

Both figures are single-day records for the province.

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B.C. has also hit a record number of those in hospital, at 198, with 63 of those in critical care.

Of the new cases, 177 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 484 are in Fraser Health, 16 are in Vancouver Island Health, 18 in Interior Health and 21 in Northern Health, along with one further case of a person who resides outside Canada.

Another 10,960 people are under active monitoring by public health due to potential exposure.

A total of 310 people in B.C. have now died due to the virus, while 16,469 have recovered of the province's total 23,661 cases.

The province also announced a new health-care facility outbreak at Tsawaayuss-Rainbow Gardens in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island.

An update from Interior Health sent to media on Tuesday afternoon says none of the 11 deaths were in the Interior Health region, which has seen three people die from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Two people are in hospital in the region, including one in critical care. Interior Health now has 193 active cases.

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