British Columbia announces 998 new cases over two-day period

998 new cases, five deaths

UPDATED: 4:45 p.m.

Interior Health has confirmed 53 additional cases of COVID-19 in the region over the weekend, bringing the total in IH since the start of the pandemic to 898. 

There are 128 active cases of COVID-19 in IH at this time, and one person is in hospital. 

Seven cases are directly linked to the outbreak at the RIH Patient Care Tower construction site in Kamloops, and there are no new developments since Friday. 

IH would like to remind residents to check the School Exposure page for a list of schools and potential exposure dates. 

Families of students potentially exposed to COVID-19 will be notified directly. 

ORIGINAL: 3:15 p.m.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced 998 new cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia on Monday, including 28 in the Interior Health region. 

There were 536 cases identified in B.C. from Saturday to Sunday, followed by another 462 cases in the past 24 hours.

This brings the province's total since the start of the pandemic to 18,714, 13,425 of whom have fully recovered 

There are currently 4,891 active cases in B.C., including 133 in hospital. Of these, 43 individuals are in ICU.

Across the province, 9,179 individuals are self-isolating and under active public health monitoring as a result of exposure to a known positive case. 

Five new deaths were announced Monday, bringing the total number of virus-related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic to 281.

An additional two healthcare outbreaks were declared Monday, at Harrison Pointe retirement home and Normanna Living. 

Healthcare outbreaks were declared over at Fair Haven Homes Burnaby Lodge, PICS Assisted Living Facility and Gateway Assisted Living for Seniors.

This leaves the total number of active healthcare outbreaks in B.C. at 37. Of these, 32 are in long-term care or assisted living facilities and five are in acute care facilities. 

Henry says she hopes new regional orders placed in Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions on Saturday will help to bring numbers back down in the province. 

"The purpose of these orders is to break chains of transmission ... orders are a last resort, but they are what we need to put in place right now to address those areas when we were being transmission happening and expanding rapidly."

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