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B.C. sees 335 new COVID-19 cases in past day, Northern Health adds another seven

B.C. records another death
B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (via Government of B.C. Flickr)

It's another day with high COVID-19 numbers in B.C. 

In a written statement this afternoon (Nov. 4), Dr. Bonnie Henry, who returned from vacation, announced 335 newly-diagnosed cases in the past day for a new provincial total of 16,135 since January.

Of the latest positive tests, Northern Health had seven, which brings the authority total to 432. 

There are 3,120 people in B.C. listed as active for the virus, 92 of them are in hospital, 25 of whom are in critical care.

Henry announced one new death from the virus today, not in northern B.C., which brings the fatality rate to 273.

She says 7,133 people are under active public health monitoring after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 previously while a total of 12,659 have fully recovered. 

"While our experiences with COVID-19 may be unique, when it comes to how our province fares through this pandemic, we are all connected," Henry said in the statement. 

“Here in B.C., we have one COVID-19 curve because the risks are everywhere and no community or person is immune. The virus doesn’t recognize community boundaries or regional borders.

“As we have seen before, a small cluster in one region can quickly become an outbreak in another. That is why provincewide orders are in place throughout B.C. and why we all need to use our layers of protection – all the time."

There are 10 schools that have been listed for potential COVID-19 exposure since the virus reached Northern Health:

  • 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

“Our layers of protection are how we protect each other and, importantly, work best when used together. Let’s remember to wash our hands frequently and wear a mask when inside close or public spaces, and let’s also keep our groups small inside and outside our homes.

“Doing these things together is what keeps our communities strong and keeps everyone safe. These actions are what ensures capacity within our health-care system, protects those who are most vulnerable and allows our well-being to continue.”

Today, Prince George's Westwood MB Church announced a potential COVID-19 exposure event between Oct. 14 and 29, but it is not being considered formally by Northern Health at this time.

The authority asks residents that have developed symptoms to self-isolate, and to either contact the COVID-19 Online Clinic and Information Line for Northern BC residents (1-844-645-7811) or your primary care provider.