The B.C. Ministry of Health reported 564 new cases of COVID-19 across the province on Thursday, for a total of 62,976 cases since the pandemic began.
New cases were reported in these health regions:
- Vancouver Coastal Health: 111
- Fraser Health: 234
- Island Health: 47
- Interior Health: 95
- Northern Health: 76
- Residents outside Canada: 1
The number of active cases in B.C. increased from 4,345 to 4,450.
There are now a total of 309 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 68 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.
15 more people have died from COVID-related causes, bringing the provincial death toll to 1,119.
6,816 people are in isolation, under active public health monitoring after exposure to COVID-19.
A total of 56,010 people have recovered from novel coronavirus.
Outbreaks at Vancouver General Hospital, Ridge Meadows Hospital, Hart House, Fleetwood Villa, Arbutus Care Centre and Renfrew Care Centre are now over.
One new community cluster has been declared, in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region of the province, in and around Williams Lake.
In total, there are 40 assisted-living, long-term care homes, seniors’ rental buildings and seven 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.
47 new cases were reported in Island Health on Thursday, breaking a previous single-day record of 34 new cases for the region.
As of Thursday, there are 187 active cases remaining in the region, according to Island Health. By Health Service Delivery Area, they are:
- South Island: 22 | Total cases: 408
- Central Island: 157 | Total cases: 693
- North Island: 22 | Total cases: 270
No new deaths were reported in the Island Health region.
14 people are currently hospitalized in the Island Health region, including six 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, 104,901 (+9,776) people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in B.C.
More information on the government’s vaccination distribution plan will be coming tomorrow, with Premier Horgan set to deliver information Friday afternoon alongside Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.
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, 98,019,719 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide. 2,097,403 have died, and 70,411,234 have recovered.