The number of novel coronavirus cases in the Interior Health region rose to 12, the provincial government announced on Thursday afternoon.
In its daily media gathering regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in B.C., provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and health minister Adrian Dix also announced 40 cases throughout British Columbia.
There are now 271 cases in the province, up from 240 on Wednesday and 186 on Tuesday. The Vancouver Coastal Health region had 152 cases, with 81 in the Fraser health region. Another 22 were on Vancouver Island, with four in northern B.C.
Henry and Dix also announced that 17 of those cases were in hospital, up from 13 on Wednesday. Of those 17, nine were in intensive care, up from seven on Wednesday.
Of those nine, eight were in the Vancouver Coastal region with the ninth being in the Fraser region.
Further, they announced another death, the province’s eighth. It was linked to a care centre in North Vancouver.
Henry and Dix again encouraged residents to practice social distancing avoid public gatherings to help limit the spread of the virus.
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