B.C. had 165 new COVID-19 cases ,1 death, in past 24 hours

165 new cases, 1 death

UPDATE: 4:55 p.m.

Four Interior Health residents tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total active cases in the region to 23.

Of the 57 COVID-related hospitalizations across the province, one person is hospitalized in the Interior Health region. 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 489 Interior Health residents have contracted the virus. 

ORIGINAL: 3:20 p.m.

Once again, British Columbia broke its record for single-day new COVID-19 cases, after 165 new cases of the virus was identified in the province in the past 24 hours. Four of these cases came from the Interior Health region. 

The new cases bring the total positive tests in B.C. to 7,663. A new high of 1,705 active cases was hit Thursday, and 57 of these people are being treated in hospital. Twenty-two of these hospitalizations are being treated in the ICU. 

Another 2,949 people are self-isolating under public health monitoring, after coming into contact with COVID-positive people. Wednesday, B.C. tested more than 7,000 people for the virus, the highest single-day testing number to date. 

On Thursday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said another resident of a long-term care home in the Vancouver Coastal Health region has died from the virus. There have now been 220 British Columbians who have died from the virus. 

Dr. Henry also announced two new outbreaks in B.C.'s healthcare system - at the Delta Hospital and the rehab unit at the Peace Arch Hospital. 

And while no outbreaks have been declared at any B.C. schools yet, Dr. Henry said there have been students and staff who've tested positive for COVID-19. She added they have not identified any "high-risk exposures" from these cases, and anyone who may have had contact with these people have been contacted. She did not disclose where these positive cases have come from.

She also announced a new "made-in-B.C." COVID-19 test that will be available for school-aged children, that uses a "mouth-rinse gargle," rather than the standard nasal swab.

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