538+507+430 new COVID-19 cases and 22 more deaths in B.C. since Friday

DR. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, on Monday announced 1,475 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday for a total of 58,107 cases in British Columbia.

They said: “Today, we are reporting on three periods. From January 8 to 9, we had 538 new cases. From January 9 to 10, we had 507 new cases and in the last 24 hours, we had a further 430 new cases.”

There have been 22 new COVID-19-related deaths for a total of 1,010 deaths in the province.

There are 5,220 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 358 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 72 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

Currently, 7,313 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and a further 50,541 people who tested positive have recovered.

There have been 287 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 736 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 59 in the Island Health region, 217 in the Interior Health region, 173 in the Northern Health region and three new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

There have been six new health-care facility outbreaks at long-term care facilities Guildford Seniors Village, Suncreek Village, KinVillage West Court, Hart House and independent-living residence Avalon Gardens. The outbreaks at Abbotsford Regional Hospital, Chartwell Langley Gardens, Lakeshore Care Centre, and Baillie House are over.

There has been a new community outbreak in the community of Canim Lake. The outbreak at LNG Canada diversified transportation in Kitimat is over.

Henry and Dix said: “To date, 59,902 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in British Columbia. Our focus is to ensure we safely deliver the vaccines as quickly as possible to communities across the province, using all available supply.”

They noted: “Much thought and consideration have gone into our province’s approach and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines.

“This approach is founded on the scientific evidence available to us, in addition to our available supply, where the highest risks are in our community and who would be most severely impacted by the virus.

“What is important to know is everyone in the province who wants them will have access to vaccines.

“COVID-19 is our shared challenge and one we will only get through by supporting each other.

“There is no place in the pandemic for intolerance. Rather, we will get through this pandemic by helping those in need, giving a wave and showing you care with kindness, compassion, tolerance and understanding for each other.”