The B.C. Ministry of Health reported 500 new cases of COVID-19 across the province on Wednesday, for a total of 62,412 cases since the pandemic began.
New cases were reported in these health regions:
- Vancouver Coastal Health: 125
- Fraser Health: 216
- Island Health: 32
- Interior Health: 91
- Northern Health: 35
- Residents outside Canada: 1
The number of active cases in B.C. increased from 4,331 to 4,345.
There are now a total of 320 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 66 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.
14 more people have died from COVID-related causes, bringing the provincial death toll to 1,104.
6,905 people are in isolation, under active public health monitoring after exposure to COVID-19.
A total of 55,564 people have recovered from novel coronavirus.
There have been two new health-care facility outbreaks reported, at Villa Cathay in the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and Acropolis Manor in the Northern Health Authority.
Outbreaks at Guildford Seniors Village and Maple Ridge Seniors Village in the Fraser Health Authority, as well as Mountainview Village and Village by the Station in the Interior Health Authority, are now over.
One new community outbreak was also declared, at the Surrey Pretrial Services Centre.
In total, there are 44 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.
32 new cases were reported in the Island Health region on Wednesday.
As of Wednesday, 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: 407
- Central Island: 132 | Total cases: 655
- North Island: 23 | Total cases: 266
No new deaths were reported in the Island Health region.
15 people are currently hospitalized in the Island Health region, including seven 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.
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, 97,259,219 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide. 2,081,032 have died, and 69,818,142 have recovered.