Health officials announce 155 new coronavirus cases in BC

B.C.’s COVID-19 response and latest updates for Oct. 16

Across B.C., 1,476 cases are now active with 77 people in hospital, 24 of whom are receiving intensive or critical care.

Bonnie Henry says the province reported 170 new cases on Saturday (Oct. 10), 159 on Sunday, 119 on Monday and 101 on Tuesday.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reports that there are 3,892 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), 5,595 in Fraser Health, 235 on Vancouver Island, 582 in Interior Health and 341 in Northern Health.

There has been one new community outbreak at the Tim Hortons in Merritt. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There is one new death, for a total of 251 fatalities caused by the virus in BC.

There have been no new health facility outbreaks.

"We are finding people who are positive with COVID-19 and while clearing the backlog meant an increase in the overall number of confirmed cases, the active cases and the per cent that are positive remain stable", Dr. Henry said. There are now 15 long-term care and assisted-living facilities with ongoing outbreaks, as well as two outbreaks in acute-care facilities.

They added that voters who are feeling unwell or self-isolating because of COVID-19 can still cast their ballots without going to a voting place. However, there continue to be community exposure events at other locations and on flights into and out of the province.

Alerts are posted on the BC Centre for Disease Control's (BCCDC) website, as well as on health authorities' websites, providing details on where the potential exposure occurred and what actions to take - whether you need to self-isolate or monitor for symptoms.

Henry reminds British Columbians that the provincial election is just over a week away and that advanced voting is available throughout the province.

"If you are planning on voting in person, keep in mind to give others the space to stay safe when going to vote, wash your hands before and after voting, and consider using a mask if distancing is a challenge", Henry stated in the written statement. Simple steps make a big difference in keeping all of us safe.



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