B.C. reports 516 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths and rising hospitalizations

B.C. reports 516 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths and rising hospitalizations

British Columbia reported 516 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the fewest since Nov. 9.

But other key metrics continued to move steadily in the wrong direction.

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In a written statement, health officials confirmed 10 new deaths — the third time this week COVID-19 fatalities hit double digits.

B.C.’s death toll now stands at 331.

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Most of the new cases were in the Fraser Health region (294) and the Vancouver Coastal Health region (148).

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Thirty-one were in the Interior Health region, 25 were in the Northern Health region and 17 were on Vancouver Island.

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Hospitalizations climbed again, reaching a new record high of 227, while 57 people were in critical or intensive care.

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Active cases also reached a new high of 7,122.

After peaking last Friday and dipping significantly, the number of people in isolation due to exposure also climbed again to 10,002.…

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