30 active cases of COVID-19 in Island Health — five new today

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The island cases include 13 in south Vancouver Island, six in central Vancouver Island — unchanged for several days and 11 in north Vancouver Island.

Ninety-three per cent of the new cases reported across B.C. were in the Lower Mainland.

Island Health reported five new cases of COVID-19 today. That figure brings the island’s number of active cases to 30 — up from 26 yesterday. The island cases include 13 in south Vancouver Island, six in central Vancouver Island — unchanged for several days and 11 in north Vancouver Island.

There were 589 new cases reported across B.C., along with two new deaths from the virus. 

“There are 3,741 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 7,887 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 13,035 people who tested positive have recovered,” said a joint statement from Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health.

The number of people hospitalized with the virus went up by seven to 104, including 28 in intensive care — an increase of four since yesterday. 

Ninety-three per cent of the new cases reported were in the Lower Mainland.

Six new healthcare outbreaks were announced — all of them in the Lower Mainland. 

One new community outbreak was announced at the Royal Inland Hospital construction site in Kamloops. There continue to be exposure events around the province, according to the statement. 

The BC Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has implemented a service which allows people to receive COVID-19 test results via text message.

Henry and Dix will hold a press conference tomorrow (Nov. 7) at 1 p.m.

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