There are now nine cases of novel coronavirus in the Interior Health region, the provincial government announced on Wednesday.

In its daily session with the press regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in B.C., health officials also announced 45 new cases, bringing the provincial total to 231, up from 186 on Tuesday.

Further, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said 13 patients have been hospitalized because of coronavirus, including seven in intensive care.

The announcement came hours after the province declared a state of emergency earlier Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the government announced there were seven cases of COVID-19 in the Interior Health region.

Also Wednesday, a health clinic in Revelstoke announced a case of coronavirus in that small mountain city. Interior Health, though, wouldn’t confirm the case, citing privacy rights.

Provincially, there are 144 in Vancouver Coastal, 58 in the Fraser Valley health region, 16 on Vancouver Island and four in Northern Health.

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