The B.C. Ministry of Health reported 465 new cases of COVID-19 across the province on Tuesday, for a total of 61,912 cases since the pandemic began.
New cases were reported in these health regions:
- Vancouver Coastal Health: 83
- Fraser Health: 262
- Island Health: 21
- Interior Health: 61
- Northern Health: 32
- Residents outside Canada: 6
The number of active cases in B.C. increased from 4,326 to 4,331.
There are now a total of 329 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 70 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.
12 more people have died from COVID-related causes, bringing the provincial death toll to 1,090.
6,864 people are in isolation, under active public health monitoring after exposure to COVID-19.
A total of 55,099 people have recovered from novel coronavirus.
There have been no new outbreaks reported on Tuesday.
One outbreak at The Emerald at Elim Village has been declared over.
In total, there are 46 assisted-living, long-term care homes, seniors’ rental buildings and nine acute-care facilities with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks.
Outbreaks and other exposure events can be linked to from the BC Centre for Disease Control website.
More COVID-19 coverage from Victoria Buzz, including local exposures and outbreaks.
21 new cases were reported in the Island Health region on Tuesday.
As of Tuesday, there are 187 active cases remaining in the region, according to Island Health. By Health Service Delivery Area, they are:
- South Island: 29 | Total cases: 403
- Central Island: 134 | Total cases: 641
- North Island: 24 | Total cases: 262
No new deaths were reported in the Island Health region.
14 people are currently hospitalized in the Island Health region, including five people in intensive care units.
Island Health’s chart below shows the region’s COVID-19 curve over the course of the pandemic.
To date, 92,369 (+5,023) people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in B.C.
“Vaccines are our path forward to the brighter days ahead,” Dr. Bonnie Henry says in today’s statement.
“However, until that path is wide enough for everyone, we must continue to focus on our individual efforts. To get to the finish line faster and to make our communities safer, we must stop the spread in our communities today.”
More information on the government’s vaccination distribution plan will be coming this week as the province adjusts to a delay in orders from Pfizer that was announced by the Federal government last week.
Government agencies have set up a number of websites for British Columbians who need more information on COVID-19. Some links include:
- Details on the latest provincial restrictions
- BCCDC information on how to get tested
- Support for mental health and wellbeing
At the time of this publication, 96,564,305 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide. 2,063,299 have died, and 69,204,028 have recovered.