194 new cases of COVID-19 and 4 more deaths in B.C.

DR. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, on Wednesday reported 194 new cases of COVID-19, including two epi-linked cases, for a total of 144,667 cases in British Columbia.

There have been four new COVID-19-related deaths, for a total of 1,707 deaths in the Province.

Henry and Dix said: “Today, we are reporting that 71.1% of all adults in B.C. and 68% of those 12 and older have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. In total, 3,365,286 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 208,145 of which are second doses.”

Of the new cases, 33 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 122 are in the Fraser Health region, two are in the Island Health region, 33 are in the Interior Health region and four are in the Northern Health region. There are no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

There are currently 2,662 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and a further 140,238 people who tested positive have recovered. Of the active cases, 246 individuals are currently hospitalized, 70 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

Henry and Dix said: “With BC’s Restart plan progressing, this is a time of transition for all of us. We are slowly and cautiously moving forward through Step 1, and in the weeks ahead, activities that have been on hold will resume once again.

“Many are excited about this transition, but there can also be fear and anxiety about what this may mean for you and your loved ones. We have all worked hard to stay safe and we want to keep our positive momentum going.

“We can progress at a pace that works for us – whether that is in step with the restart plan or perhaps being slower and more gradual in our individual approaches.

“Even as we move forward, businesses will still be required to have a workplace safety plan, based on the individual risks in their business. And we must also be respectful that some people and communities will take more time to welcome visitors, based on their own vulnerabilities.

“The restart plan is the playbook for our best path forward. It is about keeping community transmission low as we safely and confidently restart our province.

“So, let’s keep going on this path – following the restrictions that remain in place, continuing to use our layers of protection and ensuring we are fully vaccinated to give all of us maximum protection.”

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