B.C. health officials confirmed a staggering 589 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, far exceeding the previous one-day record of 425, set yesterday.
Two more British Columbians have died, bringing total deaths to 275, and six healthcare facilities are contending with new outbreaks, according to Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.
In a grim joint statement, Henry and Dix alluded to “the gathering storm clouds of increased exposures and transmission,” and encouraged businesses, particularly in the Lower Mainland, to review their COVID-19 safety plans.
402 of Friday’s new cases were in the Fraser Health region, as well as all six of the new healthcare facility outbreaks: Suncreek Village, Fort Langley Seniors Community, Northcrest Care Centre, Fellburn Care Center — PATH unit, Ridge Meadows Hospital and Langley Memorial Hospital.
The outbreak at Fair Haven Homes Burnaby Lodge was declared over Friday, but the number of long-term care, assisted-living, and acute-care facilities with active outbreaks rose to 35.
Henry and Dix also announced a new community outbreak, at the Royal Inland Hospital construction site in Kamloops.
The eye-popping update brings total cases in British Columbia to 17,149, and active cases to 3,741.
Hospitalizations rose to 104, with 28 individuals now in intensive care.
A rare weekend press conference has been called for Saturday afternoon.
Henry and Dix urged British Columbians to help businesses stay open by staying away if unwell and wearing a mask when indoors.
“We have one COVID-19 curve in B.C., and we all have a role to play to get through this storm and push our curve back down,” they said.
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