VICTORIA, B.C. – 24 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Thursday, in the Northern Health Region, bringing the number of active cases to 198.

In the Northern Health Region, 25 are in hospital, with 10 of those in ICU.

The total number of confirmed cases in the Northern Health Region now stands at 737.

Earlier in the day, Northern Health reported that COVID-19 exposures had occurred at Charlie Lake Elementary and the ELC.

According to Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, 887 new cases were confirmed across B.C., bringing the total to 29,973.

Active cases across the province stand at 7,899 and 19,998 have since recovered.

Hospitalizations in B.C. are at 294, with 64 of those in ICU.

The province’s death count is now up to 384.

10,307 people are currently under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

Henry says being slow and steady will get us through the second wave of COVID-19.

“Slow and steady is what we need with COVID-19 and it is how we will get through this second wave. The efforts we make each day make a difference.”

She also urges everyone to continue to focus on taking care of each other.

“Let’s focus on our health and well-being by taking care of each other and ourselves, and doing all we can to protect our communities and each other.”