B.C. reporting 516 new COVID-19 cases; 31 in Interior Health

Modesto Morganelli
Novembre 23, 2020

"This second surge is putting a strain on our health-care system, our workplaces and us all".

A positive COVID-19 test for a McDonald's employee in Red Deer has forced the temporary closure of the restaurant chain's downtown location.

The province is also due to ramp up enforcement of public health orders across B.C. with fines possible for those who organize or host gatherings of any size.

Limiting the transmission of the virus has proven more hard during colder months, particularly from indoor activities, Henry added.

The down side of the news today is that there were 10 new deaths recorded, bringing the provincial total to 331 people who have died. 17,207 individuals have fully recovered.

"In every case, every person matters to their family, to their friends, to their community and to us", said Dix.

Transmissions have been seen in businesses largely among employees congregating in break rooms and other staff areas, Henry said. "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", said Dr. Bonnie Henry. "Our safety layers are there to help protect us and they work best when we are all using them, all of the time".

Henry and Dix reminded residents Friday of the new and expanded provincial health officer's orders, which came into effect yesterday, including stricter limits on social gatherings and travel and a mask mandate in public spaces.

The safety measures and restrictions will be re-evaluated on December 7, Henry said.

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