Coronavirus: BC health officials provide COVID-19 pandemic update | LIVE

Coronavirus: BC health officials provide COVID-19 pandemic update | LIVE

British Columbia’s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix are providing an update on the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday afternoon.

On Saturday, Henry unveiled the province’s first region-specific provincial health officer order as B.C. grapples with surging COVID-19 numbers.

Henry cited weeks of rising case numbers in the Lower Mainland, linked primarily to indoor social gatherings and a corresponding “worrisome” increase in hospitalizations which exceeded 100 for the first time since April.

“Provincial health orders are always a last resort, but right now these additional measures are needed,” Henry said on Saturday.

“They are needed here in this community, in Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions.”

The orders are needed to ensure essential services, businesses and schools can remain open, she added.

The order went into effect at 10 p.m. Saturday, and will remain in place for two weeks, until midnight on Nov. 23. The Central Coast and Bella Coola Valley are excluded from the order.

The order came as Henry announced another 567 new cases of the virus Saturday, the second-highest the province has ever recorded in a single day. The record, 589 cases, was set just Friday. The province reported one new death.


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