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COVID-19 surge continues: Northern Health adds six, B.C. shatters single day case count record with more than 400

Dr. Bonnie Henry announces no new deaths
B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (via The Canadian Press)

Dr. Bonnie Henry returned to the podium this afternoon (Nov. 5) in front of cameras with more concerning news about COVID-19 in B.C.

Today, she announced 425 newly-diagnosed cases in the past day for a new provincial total of 16,560 since January, marking a new daily record and the first time B.C. counts more than 400 in 24 hours.

Of the latest positive tests, Northern Health had six, which brings the authority's total to 438. 

There are 3,389 people in B.C. listed as active for the virus; 97 are in hospital and 24 of whom are in critical care.

Dr. Henry announced no new deaths today, which keeps the fatality rate at 273.

She says 7,519 people are under active public health monitoring after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 previously, while a total of 12,086 have fully recovered. 

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

Yesterday (Nov. 4) 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.