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B.C. records more than 600 COVID-19 cases in a single day for first time, Northern Health crosses 500 threshold

Another two deaths in B.C.
B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (via Flickr/Province of B.C.)

The concern, just like the curve in B.C., continues to rise.

In a written statement this afternoon (Nov. 13), Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced 617 newly diagnosed cases in the past day which brings the provincial total to 20,985.

The 617 cases are a new 24-hour record for B.C., the first time the province has had more than 600 in a day and the second straight with a new record high.

Northern Health has officially passed the 500-plateau, adding another five today and bringing the authority total to 504. 

There have been two new deaths related to the virus, which moves B.C.'s fatality rate to 290.

There are 5,579 people listed as active for COVID-19; 167 are in hospital and 50 of whom are in critical care. 

Active health monitoring has risen to 12,016 people who have recently come into contact with someone previously infected with the virus, while 14,901 have recovered.

On Nov. 7 at 10 p.m., specific restrictions for Fraser and Vancouver Coastal Healths came into effect for two weeks, as the two authorities are still seeing major hot spots of rises in cases. 

"Right now, it is very important that everyone in these areas of Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health significantly reduce their social interactions," she said.

These two-week orders are set to end on Nov. 23 at 12 p.m.

As of publication, twelve schools in Northern Health have been flagged for possible COVID-19 exposure:

  • Hudson's Hope Elementary-Junior Secondary - Oct. 26-Nov. 4, 2020
  • Ron Brent Elementary School - Oct. 30, 2020
  • Roosevelt Park Elementary School (SD52) - Oct. 21-22, 2020
  • Immaculate Conception School (Independent, Diocese of Prince George) - Oct. 21-23, 2020
  • Fort Nelson Secondary School (SD81) - Oct. 15-16, 2020
  • Notre Dame School (Private) - Oct. 13-14, 2020
  • Prince George Secondary School (SD57) - Oct. 2, 2020
  • Dawson Creek Secondary School - South Peace Campus (SD59) - Sept. 23-25, 2020
  • David Hoy Elementary School (SD91) - Sept. 17-18, 2020
  • Quesnel Junior Secondary School (SD28) - Sept. 10-11, 15-18, 2020
  • Nak’albun Elementary School (Independent) - Sept. 16-18, 2020
  • Ecole Frank Ross Elementary School (SD59) - Sept. 10-11, 2020

Should a student or teacher receive a positive COVID-19 test in any case, Northern Heath's school notification process is as follows:

  • Contact tracing is initiated to determine how the individual was infected and who they were in close contact with
  • We identify and notify close contacts who may be at an increased risk, and advise them to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days
  • Only Public Health can determine who is a close contact
    • Learning groups, friends or other connections may not be determined to be a close contact
  • Public Health staff works closely with the school and school district throughout the case and contact management process to maintain close communication with the school community
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