BC's COVID-19 cases drop again to 516; 10 deaths | iNFOnews

B.C.’s COVID-19 response and latest updates for Nov. 20

"The orders on social gatherings and events are to keep our families and friends safe", Dix and Henry said.

There were 516 new cases reported in the last 24 hours in B.C. That's down from 538 yesterday, November 19, and far below the 762 on Wednesday and 717 on Tuesday.

British Columbians will get one more COVID-19 update this week, the day after the province's top health officials announced far-reaching restrictions to help curb the spread of the disease.

British Columbia is making it mandatory to wear masks in public spaces, while social interactions will be under new restrictions until December 7 due to surge in COVID-19 cases.

An all time high of 209 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 58 of whom are in intensive care.

"I am extending the regional orders that now apply to the Fraser and Vancouver Health regions across the entire province and I am putting new provincewide orders in place", said the top doctor.

The gathering limit previously in place for Vancouver and Fraser Health has now been extended to the rest of the province; residents will not be allowed to gather with anyone outside of their immediate household or core bubble until December 7.

Currently, 9,871 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. "We need to ease this pressure so we can continue to manage the virus in our province and also continue to do the many activities that are important to us", said Dr. Bonnie Henry.

A positive COVID-19 test for a McDonald's employee in Red Deer has forced the temporary closure of the restaurant chain's downtown location. By taking a step back right now, we will all be able to enjoy the confidence in knowing that here in B.C. we have flattened our curve once again.

Northern Health's death count remains at five.

Henry and Dix also announced three new outbreaks of the coronavirus in health-care facilities, at Agecare Harmony Court Care Centre in Burnaby, Discovery Harbour Care in Campbell River and Youville Residence in Vancouver.

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