183 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death in B.C.

DR. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, on Friday reported 183 new cases of COVID-19, including two epi-linked cases, for a total of 145,049 cases in British Columbia.

There has been one new COVID-19-related death, for a total of 1,710 deaths in the province.

Henry and Dix said: “Today, we are reporting that 72.4% of all adults in B.C. and 69.6% of those 12 and older have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. In total, 3,488,884 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 256,725 of which are second doses.”

Of the new cases, 40 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 101 are in the Fraser Health region, three are in the Island Health region, 30 are in the Interior Health region and nine are in the Northern Health region. There are no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

There are currently 2,453 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and a further 140,835 people who tested positive have recovered. Of the active cases, 224 individuals are currently hospitalized, 59 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

There is one new outbreak at Kelowna General Hospital.

Henry and Dix said: “Our goal is to get as many people as possible fully vaccinated with their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as we can. This is what will help us control the spread of the virus in our communities.

“We are grateful for the many people in every part of our province who have stepped forward without pause to get their first, and now their second, dose. Demand for vaccine is high, and this is very good for all of us.

“This month will be extremely busy for our clinics – continuing with first doses for people 12 and older and also ramping up our second dose program. Elders, seniors, clinically extremely vulnerable people and others who are highest risk will all be getting vaccinated with Dose 2, with more and more of the broader population following closely behind.

“Let’s make registering and booking our Dose 1 and 2 appointments a priority, so we can safely and confidently move forward to the brighter days ahead.”