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B.C. sees worst COVID-19 day of pandemic: 13 deaths, 884 new cases

Last Updated Nov 26, 2020 at 6:40 pm PDT

File: Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides an update on COVID-19 on Nov. 16, 2020. (Courtesy Government of B.C./Flikr)
Summary

B.C. sees record daily COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and the second straight day with 13 deaths

There are two new COVID-19 outbreaks in health-care facilities

Nearly 30,000 cases have been confirmed in the province and almost 20,000 people have recovered from the virus

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — With the highest number of new cases and patients hospitalized because of COVID-19, B.C. has marked the worst day of the pandemic so far.

On Thursday, 884 new infections were reported, the most in a single day after a data error was corrected this week.

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Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry also said that for the second day in a row, 13 more people have lost their lives to the virus.

Of the record 294 people in hospital, 64 are in intensive care. The number of hospitalizations has been surpassing daily highs throughout November as Henry has warned the second wave of the pandemic is putting added pressure on the healthcare system.

“Let’s support our public health teams, which are tirelessly working to track the virus, break the chain of transmission and keep all of us safe. The best way to do that is for each of us to keep to as few faces as possible right now,” she said in a joint release with Health Minister Adrian Dix.


The province has been stressing the need for all British Columbians to stay local and avoid all non-essential travel to stop the rate of transmission.

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“Exposures and transmission can happen anywhere. By paying attention to the places we go and the people we see, we can help contact tracers contain the further spread if that does occur,” she said.


Two new outbreaks in health-care facilities were reported at Royal Ascot Care Centre and Amica White Rock. The ones at Hamlets at Westsyde, Peace Portal Seniors Village and Village by the Station are over.

Nearly 30,000 cases have been confirmed in the province and almost 20,000 people have recovered from the virus.