On Thursday afternoon, BC Premier John Horgan also explained that he's never opposed any guidance from BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, stressing his relationship with top health officials is based on collaboration and trust. That total includes 294 people who are hospitalized, 64 of whom are in intensive care.
Peel Region reported 517 new cases which was down from the previous day's 572.
Today's record number of new cases represents a 25 per cent increase from yesterday's number (1,478 new cases) and pushes the seven-day average up to 1,489.
The higher numbers come as the province tested 58,037 people.
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The Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce reports 1,481 people were tested at COVID-19 assessment centres on Wednesday.
The majority of Thursday's new infections are in the Fraser Health region, which accounts for 612 cases confirmed from Wednesday to Thursday. Halton Region reported 130 cases, Hamilton reported 82 cases, Waterloo reported 74 cases, Durham Region reported 65 cases, Ottawa reported 55 cases, Windsor-Essex reported 52 cases and Simcoe-Muskoka reported 38 cases.
Further, the outbreak at Hamlets at Westsyde has been declared over with just one case - a health care worker - linked to this particular outbreak. The weekly incidence rate is 66.3 cases per 100,000 people.
Five hospitals and dozens of long-term care and assisted-living facilities have outbreaks and Henry has said numerous latest deaths involve seniors.