Record number of new COVID-19 cases found within Island Health

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry leaves the podium following a press conference in the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria B.C. on Thursday

With the latest deaths, the provincial death toll stands at 320.

It was an ominous day in the province when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Bonnie Henry reported a bad day - a record 11 deaths and a record 717 new cases between noon Monday and noon Tuesday, with the number of active cases and hospitalizations growing.

Bonnie Henry leaves the podium following a press conference in the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, October 22, 2020. Another outbreak at the Normanna, a care home in Burnaby, has ended. The number of hospitalizations has reached 209, breaking the previous record of 198 that was also set on Tuesday, with 58 patients in intensive care or critical care units.

A total of 16,649 people are considered fully recovered from the virus, or 70 per cent of all recorded cases. "Washing your hands, keeping a safe distance and always wearing a mask in places where you are around people you don't know - these things make a difference", said Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Public health is now actively monitoring 9,871 people across the province who are in self-isolation due to COVID-19 exposure.

Henry says we must do all we can to help reduce the stress that the second wave of COVID-19 has caused on the Province's health care system. "We need to ease this pressure so we can continue to manage the virus in our province and also continue to do the many activities that are important to us".

"While your personal efforts may seem small or (to be) having little impact, the collective benefit to every community in every region is significant".

Now is the time to stay small, stay local and do your part - at home, work, school and in your community.

British Columbia Premier John Horgan says a proposed two-week quarantine for anyone travelling to Vancouver Island may not be the best way to proceed.