VICTORIA, B.C. – Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provided an update looking at B.C.’s data modelling, reporting a surge in new COVID-19 cases in many areas across the province.

Henry says B.C. could be seeing more than 1,000 new cases every day of COVID-19  over the next two weeks if people do not cut down on contacts now.

In the latest modelling numbers, Henry reports that the cases of COVID-19 are set to double over the next 13 days if significant changes in people’s behaviour does not happen.

In order to help stop the transmission of the virus, Henry says we must stop social gatherings, such as baby showers and weddings, and instead, either hold them virtually or reschedule for a safer time.

Henry also reports, that as of November 5, there have been 261 school exposures in B.C.’s 1,942 schools.

According to Henry, over 12,000 tests were completed between Wednesday and Thursday, adding 1,130 new cases of COVID-19 across B.C., bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 20,368.

Active cases across the province stand at 5,793 and 14,089 have since recovered.

Hospitalizations in B.C. are at 155, with 44 of those in ICU.

The province’s death count is now up to 288.

11,091 people are currently under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.