10 COVID deaths in B.C.; 29 new cases in Northern Health

Troubling numbers continued to be reported Tuesday on the COVID-19 front.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control said there were 10 deaths and a single-day record 941 new cases, helping to push active cases up to 7,732, an increase of 362 from the day before.

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Although no deaths were reported for Northern Health, the BCCDC said there were 29 new cases identified in the region, the second-highest single-day total reported since the pandemic broke out.

Active cases held steady at 153, after reaching the record level on Monday, while hospitalizations rose by five to 23 and 10 were in intensive care, up by one from the day before.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and health minister Adrian Dix have scheduled a teleconference for Wednesday afternoon. 

"B.C.'s health-care workers are in our labs and hospitals, at our testing sites and in our communities. These people are our health-care system. They are there to support all of us without question and without pause, and we need to show that same support to them by all of us doing our part," they said in a statement issued Tuesday.

"We need to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our province and that needs to happen now. That is why we have paused all gatherings, events and indoor group fitness activities.

"That is also why everyone, young and old, needs to pause their social interactions and increase their layers of protection and stay within their local communities as much as possible.

"We need to ease the pressure to allow us to get over this next hurdle, and importantly, give us the ability to once again enjoy those things that are important to all of us.

"Let's remember that every case of COVID-19 is a person who requires support and care, who may become severely ill and need to be in hospital, and whose family will experience the stress, emotional burden and for some, the tragedy, that has come with this virus.

"Let's step up our efforts to protect our families, friends and neighbours. The time to do that is now."

Meanwhile, Peden Hill Elementary School has been added to the list of schools where there have been exposures. The event occurred during Nov. 12-17, according to a posting on the Northern Health website.

"If your child’s school has been notified of an exposure, no action is required unless you are contacted by Public Health or are otherwise directed by school officials," Northern Health says. "Public Health will contact you directly in case of any school exposure involving your child."

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