British Columbia Records 16 More COVID-19 Deaths, 656 New Cases

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VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – More and more British Columbia families will mourn their loved ones, after another deadly update of the province’s COVID-19 on Tuesday.
The virus has killed 16 people in the past 24 hours and 656 new cases have been recorded, including three cases linked to the ear.

408 of the new cases are in the Fraser Health area, which has been a COVID hotspot for weeks.

Province-wide, 457 people have died and there are a total of 33,894 cases in British Columbia recorded since the start of this pandemic.

Since Monday’s COVID-19 update, 20 more people have been hospitalized for a total of 336 people, and 76 people are in intensive care.

“Currently, 10,123 people are under active public health surveillance due to identified exposure to known cases and 23,774 people who have tested positive have recovered,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry , provincial health administrator, in a press release.

In the meantime, a new outbreak has been declared at Harrison in Elim Village, an elderly care center in Surrey.

One of the hardest-hit hospitals remains Burnaby General, where 60 patients and 35 workers tested positive for the virus after an outbreak was declared there on November 9.

Fraser Health CEO Dr Victoria Lee confirms that ten people have died since a fire earlier this month forced staff to quickly move infected people to areas where others could have been exposed.

“We continue to closely monitor the epidemic. Unfortunately, we saw a spread after the fire. But we are seeing promising signs that things are slowing down in terms of transmission. ”

The cause of the November 15 fire is still under investigation.

Lee has also spoken to rebel religious leaders in Langley and Chilliwack who say there is no evidence of transmission during church services.

“It is false that the COVID transmission did not take place in places of worship. In fact, we have seen groups or cases of COVID-19 in temple churches and prayer gatherings.

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Outbreaks at Holy Family Hospital in Vancouver and Jackman Manor in Langley have been declared over.

Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix continue to call on British Columbians to step up their efforts to help curb the spread of the virus.

“Let’s be resilient in the face of this push. United and together, let’s make an impact today through our own personal actions, ”said Henry and Dix.

“Without exception, follow the orders of the provincial health officer in place. Remember that events, which refer to anything that brings people together – whether on a one-off, regular or irregular basis – are not allowed at this time. This includes religious, cultural or community events. Don’t get together at home with anyone other than your home or central bubble. ”

The province also took a moment to mark World AIDS Day.

“It is time for all of us to take a break, to reflect on the many people in our province, nation and the world who have been affected by COVID-19 and other global epidemics. This is also the time to think about what we can do to make a difference. ”

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