VICTORIA – The province announced three deaths related to COVID-19 on Friday, along with 161 more cases just after setting a daily testing record.
The new cases are four shy of another record — 165 cases in one day, set last month — and bring the total in B.C. to 9,381.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, in a statement with Deputy Health Minister Stephen Brown, did not indicate where the deaths occurred.
B.C. has recorded 238 deaths linked to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
“For many months now, COVID-19 has been a part of our communities. As a result, we have had to adapt and learn new ways to protect ourselves and each other,” health officials say.
“Despite the uncertainty and stress that has come with this, there is much that is in our control. Take confidence in knowing that always using our layers of protection reduces our risks, helps to break the chains of transmission and keeps the virus under control.”
BC #COVID19 update Oct. 2 (just release today. No Q&A)
3 deaths (Total: 238)
Total new cases: 161 (big jump from yesterday)
Includes 2 epi-linked (discovered after recovery with antibody testing)
— Lasia Kretzel (@lkretzel1130) October 2, 2020
The province recorded 82 cases Thursday and set a record the previous day with more than 10,000 COVID-19 tests in one day, while Henry said cases are leveling off.
The number of tests conducted on Thursday has not been released yet.
Of the record 10,899 tests, fewer than one per cent were positive for the coronavirus. It was the second straight day of more than 10,000 tests, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.
Of 1,302 active cases in the province, 63 people are in hospital, including 16 in intensive care.
Another 3,114 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposures, while the recovery rate from COVID-19 remains around 83 per cent.
Earlier Friday, the Fraser Health Authority declared an outbreak at Surrey Memorial Hospital. One patient and one staff member tested positive for the coronavirus, while a unit in the hospital has been temporarily closed.
Health officials also announced two outbreaks at Peach Arch Hospital and Yaletown House are over.
Outbreaks remain active at 14 health care facilities.
The province also released safety guidelines for Halloween during the pandemic.