9 more people die of COVID-19 in B.C., as 509 new cases confirmed

B.C. health officials announced 509 new cases of COVID-19 and nine more deaths on Friday.

In a written statement, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix put the number of hospitalized patients at 349 people, 68 of whom are in intensive care.

A total of 1,047 people in B.C. have lost their lives due to COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

There are currently 4,604 active cases of coronavirus in the province, with public health monitoring 7,132 people across the province who are in self-isolation due to COVID-19 exposure. More than 53,115 people who tested positive have recovered.

B.C. recorded one new outbreak in health-care facilities, at Hilltop House in Squamish.

Interior Health said on Friday it identified 13 additional cases of COVID-19 linked to the Big White Mountain community cluster. The total number of cases identified to date is 175.

Of those, 110 reside on Big White Mountain. There are currently 32 active cases at the resort and 143 individuals who have recovered.

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