B.C. has announced another 142 new cases of COVID-19, the result of 9,016 tests processed over the past 24 hours.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry delivered the update from Victoria on Thursday.
The province now has 1,494 active cases, with 74 of those cases resulting in hospitalization, and 24 of those patients in critical care units across the province.
Another 3,683 are under what Henry called active public health follow-up and in isolation following exposure to confirmed cases.
Henry also confirmed a new cluster of cases in the Interior Health region, at the FedEx depot in Kelowna, where three staff members have been affected and another six are isolating. Interior Health said there has been no risk of exposure to the general public.
Two of the new cases announced Thursday were in the Interior Health region, which now has 26 active cases, two in hospital including one in critical care, and has seen 587 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
Elsewhere in the province, there have been 3,974 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 5,800 in Fraser Health, 239 in Vancouver Island Health, 345 in Northern Health and 89 among those who reside outside Canada.
A total of 9,257 of B.C.'s 11,034 confirmed cases have now fully recovered while 250 have died — with no new deaths announced Thursday.
MIS-C case confirmed
Henry also announced the first confirmed case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). The patient is under five years old and has fully recovered and returned home, she said.
MIS-C has been linked with COVID-19 and affects children and teenagers. The syndrome has clinical similarities to Kawasaki's Disease, toxic shock syndrome and macrophage activation syndrome.
Symptoms include a prolonged fever and at least two of the following: gastrointestinal issues, a rash; inflamed red eyes, lips or hands and feet; hypotension and chest inflammation.
Henry said 16 others have been investigated for the syndrome, but none had COVID-19.
Flu shots recommended
Henry also talked about the importance of getting a flu shot this year. She said supplies are starting to come in.
"I want to reassure everybody — we have sufficient vaccine supplies," she said, noting there have not been any delays in manufacturing.
Henry said the optimal time to get vaccinated is around the end of October and beginning of November, allowing for the longest protection against influenza.