According to new region-by-region statistics released by the BC Centre for Disease Control, the Surrey health region can be considered ground zero for COVID-19 cases in the province.
The data shows that the Surrey health region is responsible for at least 27.7 per cent of the province’s total COVID-19 cases while being home to only 11 per cent of the B.C.’s population.
Once a month, the BCCDC publishes a region-by-region map indicating where COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the province.
The most recent map, created Nov. 10, shows that 3,993 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Surrey from January to October.
On Oct. 31, there were a total of 14,381 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province, and since then that number has ballooned to at least 20,986.
The map does not specifically indicate South Surrey COVID-19 cases, as these are lumped together with White Rock, reporting a total of 298.
Surrey has more than four times the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Abbotsford (880). Surrey also has more cases than Vancouver (3,444), when all Vancouver health regions are combined.
Last weekend, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry issued new public health orders for Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health residents.
The restrictions, which are due to end Nov. 23, focus on social gatherings, businesses, sports and travel.