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VICTORIA, B.C. – 40 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Thursday, in the Northern Health Region, making the number of active cases increase to 402.

In the Northern Health Region, 43 are in hospital, with 14 of those in ICU.

The total number of confirmed cases in the Northern Health Region now stands at 1,199.

The Region’s death count remains at nine.

788 people to have contracted virus, in the Northern Health Region, have since recovered.

As of Thursday, Dr. Bonnie Henry said the Province will now be releasing case counts by local health area boundaries rather than by health authority. Residents and local officials have asked since the pandemic began for more detailed data to be released than case counts by a health authority. Henry says this data can now be made available as it will not identify anyone that has tested positive for COVID-19.

It was also reported Thursday, by Northern Health, that staff and students at Ecole Central Elementary and Margaret Ma Murray Community School may have been exposed to a case of COVID-19.

The exposure event at Ecole Central took place on December 4 and the exposure at Ma Murray occurred from November 30 to December 4.

Staff and Students are being urged to self-monitor for symptoms until December 18, 2020.

Further information  on public and school exposures can be found on Northern Health’s website.

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