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Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, and Stephen Brown, deputy minister of health, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

"Today, we are announcing four 24-hour reporting periods.

"In the first reporting period from Oct. 9 to 10, we had 170 new cases. From Oct. 10 to 11, we had 159 new cases. From Oct. 11 to 12, we had 119 cases and in the last 24 hours, we have had a further 101 new cases.

"This represents a total of 549 new cases, including five epi-linked cases, for a total of 10,734 cases in British Columbia.

"The increase in cases is in part a result of a recent testing backlog, which was cleared with extra lab processing over the weekend. While this has meant an increase in the overall number of confirmed positive cases, the active cases and percentage positive remain stable.

"There are 1,476 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 3,618 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases, and 8,974 people who tested positive have recovered.

"Currently, 77 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 24 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 3,892 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 5,595 in the Fraser Health region, 235 in the Island Health region, 582 in the Interior Health region, 341 in the Northern Health region and 89 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

"There have been five new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 250 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dr. Bonnie Henry has provided the latest figures of COVID-19 in BC.

(Previous numbers in brackets)

New Cases – 549 *Day 1- 170, Day 2- 159, Day 3- 119, Day 4- 101

Total Cases – 10,734 (10,185)

Active Cases – 1,476 (1,406)

Patients in Hospital – 77 (68)

Patients in ICU – 24 (19)

Recovered – 8,974 (8,502)

New Deaths – 5

Totals Deaths – 250 (245)

Health region breakdown;

Vancouver Coastal – 3,892 (3,728)

Fraser – 5,595 (5,253)

Island – 235 (225)

Interior – 582 (559)

Northern – 341 (331)

Outside Canada – 89 (89)

More to come.

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