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B.C. reports 639 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths and rising hospitalizations

A person wears a protective face mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as they walk past the emergency department of the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver Wednesday, November 18, 2020.
A person wears a protective face mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as they walk past the emergency department of the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver Wednesday, November 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Editor’s note: B.C. health officials incorrectly reported the number of new COVID-19 cases on Friday, Nov. 20 due to a technical error. The numbers below have since been corrected. For more COVID-19 data, go to the BC Centre for Disease Control website

British Columbia reported 639 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, with 10 new deaths — the third time this week that such fatalities hit double digits.

The province’s death toll now stands at 331.

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Most of the new cases were in the Fraser Health region (417) 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.

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.

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

About 69 per cent of B.C.’s 25,476 total cases have recovered.