Announces 155 new cases of COVID-19 and 1 more death

B.C. confirms first case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in a child

The North has 11 active cases, down by 2 from yesterday (Wednesday), there is 1 person in the hospital with the virus in the region and 1 in ICU.

So far there have been 5,884 people infected in the Fraser Health region, 4,036 in Vancouver Coastal, 240 on Vancouver Island, 350 in the Northern Health region and 89 people who live outside of Canada.

There is one new death, bringing B.C.'s death toll to 251.

Friday's update from provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and deputy minister of health Stephen Brown came in the form of a written statement.

Dr. Henry adds 9,016 tests were conducted in the past day, making for a positive-test percentage of 1.57 per cent.

MIS-C has clinical similarities to Kawasaki Disease, with symptoms including fever, abdominal pain, rashes, conjunctivitis and inflammation around the mouth, hands and feet.

On Thursday, Henry reported 142 new cases of COVID-19.

Meanwhile no new health care outbreaks have been announced; officials continue to respond to 17.

The provincial health officer also took the opportunity to mark International Hand-Washing Day, reminding people about the importance of cleaning their hands whenever they return home and before they eat.

There are no new outbreaks in the health-care system. In total, 15 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and two acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.

"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", says a joint statement issued today, October 16, by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and the Ministry of Health. "To ensure the safety of voters, election workers and candidates, Elections BC has COVID-19 safety plans in place for all locations", reads the statement.

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. She said sooner is better than later, but it's best to get a flu shot by late October or early November.

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