The B.C. Ministry of Health reported 508 new cases of COVID-19 across the province on Thursday, for a total of 63,484 cases since the pandemic began.
New cases were reported in these health regions:
- Vancouver Coastal Health: 132
- Fraser Health: 228
- Island Health: 13
- Interior Health: 79
- Northern Health: 55
- 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.
Nine more people have died from COVID-related causes, bringing the provincial death toll to 1,128.
6,719 people are in isolation, under active public health monitoring after exposure to COVID-19.
A total of 56,455 people have recovered from novel coronavirus.
Two new health-care facility outbreaks were reported, at Royal Inland Hospital and Royal Columbian Hospital.
The outbreak at Queen’s Park Care Centre is now over.
There has also been one new outbreak at the North Fraser Pretrial Services Centre.
In total, there are 39 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.
13 new cases were reported in Island Health on Thursday.
As of Thursday, there are 194 active cases remaining in the region, according to Island Health. By Health Service Delivery Area, they are:
- South Island: 21 | Total cases: 408
- Central Island: 152 | Total cases: 707
- North Island: 21 | Total cases: 270
No new deaths were reported in the Island Health region.
11 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, 110,566 (+5,665) people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in B.C.
The province has laid out its immunization plan for the next nine months, with the goal of having vaccines available for all British Columbians by the end of September.
Priority for vaccines has mainly been defined by age, with the oldest and most vulnerable residents first in line for a shot.
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, 98,698,468 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide. 2,114,370 have died, and 70,870,762 have recovered.