VICTORIA, B.C. – 23 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Thursday, in the Northern Health Region, bringing the number of active cases to 60, with five in hospital and four of those in ICU.

The total number of confirmed cases in the Northern Health Region now stands at 499.

According to the Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, 1,130 new cases were confirmed across B.C., bringing the total 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.

During the update, Henry urged everyone to cut down on contacts to help stop the spread or risk seeing new daily cases double in the next two weeks.

Also during the update, Henry reported on the number of new cases that were see in the Northern Health Region during the two week period of October 30 to November 12.

According to data from the B.C. CDC, there were 36 cases reported between the two week period in the Northeast, 48 in the Northern Interior, and four in the Northwest, per population of 100,000.

So far, from January 1 to November 12, a total of 201 cases were reported in the Northeast, 188 in the Northern Interior, and 108 in the Northwest.