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Northern Health sets record 16 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours out of nearly 300 across B.C.

Two more people died from the virus
Dr. Bonnie Henry - July 14, 2020
Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C. Provincial Health Officer. (via Flickr/Province of B.C.)

A new record has been set by Northern Health a day after no new cases were detected.

According to Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry in a statement today (Oct. 28), there were 16 positive tests reported in the regional authority in the last 24 hours out of a total of 287 in B.C.

This beats the north's original record of 12 set on Sept. 15, according to the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), as its new grand total sits at 399 since the pandemic landed in March, 23 of which are considered active with one person in critical care.

Northern Health new COVID-19 cases - Oct. 28, 2020Northern Health's new and active COVID-19 cases reported on Oct. 28, 2020. (via BCCDC)

In B.C., there have now been 13,875 COVID-19 cases since January, which now includes 2,316 active ones with 87 people in hospital, that's three more than yesterday (Oct. 27), and 25 in ICU.

Sadly, two more virus-linked deaths were recorded since Tuesday, bringing the toll to 261, but none took place in Northern Health's jurisdiction.

Dr. Henry says 5,358 people are under active public health monitoring after being exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, and 11,244 people have recovered (81 per cent).

“Now is the time for us to take a step back from our in-person social events and gatherings, and connect virtually instead," said Dr. Henry.

"This will help to protect our loved ones, our seniors, Elders and our communities as we move forward.”

She also reiterated her recent public health order of hosting gatherings in privates home to no moe than your immediate household and your 'safe six' bubble.

“Let’s save the parties for when it is safe for everyone to celebrate. If you are planning a wedding in your home, make it your immediate family only and save the celebration for next year. If you are organizing a birthday party for your children, only invite those small number of friends from your close social circle, not the entire class or sports team. The things we do at parties and celebrations including talking, hugging and eating and drinking together indoors are much riskier than our normal school or work activities.

“And unlike our schools and workplaces, most homes do not have space for everyone to keep a safe distance from others, nor do our homes have the layers of protection – the physical barriers, one-way pathways and the use of masks – that are part of school and work COVID-19 safety plans."

Northern Health also listed its eighth school exposure today.

Fort Nelson Secondary School is listed to have possibly been exposed between Oct. 15 and 16 and reiterates that students should continue to go to class "if you do not receive a phone call or letter from Public Health."