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COVID-19 outbreak at Surrey Pretrial; 500 new cases, 14 deaths in B.C.

FILE - A nurse gets a swab ready to perform a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
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The Surrey Pretrial Services Centre is dealing with COVID-19 cases again after an outbreak was declared

B.C. reported 500 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths

While health officials note the virus curve is trending downward, people need to still do their part

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at the Surrey Pretrial Services Centre as the province reports another 500 infections in B.C.

“Outbreak protocols are in place [at Surrey Pretrial], and public health teams from Fraser Health are contact tracing and supporting BC Corrections,” reads a joint statement from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

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While health officials note the virus curve is bending in the right direction, another 14 people have lost their lives to the virus, for a total of 1,104 deaths since the pandemic began.

So far, 98,125 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered to British Columbians, however, Henry and Dix urge everyone to continue following health orders.

“Our COVID-19 curve is trending in the right direction, and we want to keep that going – to push our curve down, which in turn, will allow us to safely ease restrictions.

In addition to the outbreak at Surrey Pretrial, there are outbreaks at Villa Cathay in the Vancouver Coastal Health region and at the Acropolis Manor in the Northern Health.

The outbreaks are over at Guildford Seniors Village, Maple Ridge Seniors Village, Mountainview Village, and Village by the Station.

There are 320 people in hospital with the virus, fewer than the day before. Sixty-six of them are in critical care.

Of the 62,412 confirmed cases of the virus in B.C., 55,564 people have recovered.