The latest B.C. COVID-19 numbers: 12,554 cases, 10,247 recovered, 256 deaths

The Interior Health region has 18 new cases and 72 active cases. Six of the new cases are linked to an ongoing outbreak at a school in Kelowna, which has now produced 11 test-positive patients

B.C. health officials have announced another 223 new cases of COVID-19, identified over the past 24 hours.

The new cases come one day after B.C. broke its single-day record with 274 cases on Thursday.

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Of the new cases, 18 are in the Interior Health region, which now has 72 active cases.

Across the entire province, there are now 2,009 active cases and another 4,637 people under active public health monitoring due to exposure to confirmed cases.

In hospital there are 75 patients across B.C., including 24 in critical care units. Interior Health currently has two in hospital, with one of those patients in critical care.

By health region, there have now been 4,319 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 6,864 in Fraser Health, 250 in Vancouver Island Health, 662 in Interior Health, 371 in Northern Health and 88 among those who reside outside Canada, for a total of 12,554 cases in B.C. since the pandemic began.

Interior Health has reported six additional cases linked to the École de L’Anse-au-sable outbreak in Kelowna, totalling 11 confirmed cases. Another 160 people, as part of the school community, have been directed to self-isolate for 14 days.

Two other outbreaks in communities were announced Friday, at Coast Spas Manufacturing and Pace Processing, both in the Lower Mainland.

Two further health-care facility outbreaks were also reported, at Laurel Place and Fair Haven Homes Burnaby Lodge, also both in the Lower Mainland. The province has 18 active health-care facility outbreaks in total as of Friday.

No further deaths were announced Friday. A total of 256 people have died due to COVID-19 in B.C., while 10,247 of the province's confirmed cases have recovered.

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