New COVID-19 cases down, but BC records 10 more deaths

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BC’s number of new COVID-19 cases has declined for the second day in a row, with 516 reported today.

But this bit of good news was followed by the announcement of 10 more virus-related deaths, bringing BC’s total to 331. And the number of hospitalizations also continues to grow, with 227 people in hospital today and 57 of those people in intensive care.

Vancouver Coastal Health (including Richmond) has seen a fairly steady daily increase of cases, with 148 reported today of 2,923 tests conducted (a positivity rate of 5.06 per cent). Over the last two weeks, Richmond has experienced a surge in new cases mirroring the rest of the province—255 new cases between Nov. 6 and 19.

Meanwhile, Fraser Health reported 294 cases for a positivity rate of 5.70 per cent. This number has begun to decline after reaching the high 400s earlier this week. There were also 17 new cases in the Island Health region, 31 in the Interior Health region and 25 in the Northern Health region.

There are 7,122 active cases of COVID-19 in BC and there have been 25,474 cumulative cases since the pandemic began. Three of today’s new cases are epidemiologically linked. The number of people under active public health monitoring has surpassed 10,000 again (10,002) after dropping slightly this week. Health authorities also announced three new healthcare facility outbreaks.

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Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Richmond Sentinel