The B.C. Ministry of Health reported 514 new cases of COVID-19 across the province Friday, for a total of 66,779 cases since the pandemic began.
New cases were reported in these health regions:
- Vancouver Coastal Health: 134
- Fraser Health: 223
- Island Health: 29
- Interior Health: 71
- Northern Health: 57
The number of active cases in B.C. increased slightly from 4,455 to 4,557.
There are now a total of 292 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 74 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.
Five more people have died from COVID-related causes, bringing the provincial death toll to 1,189.
7,242 people are in isolation, under active public health monitoring after exposure to COVID-19.
A total of 59,551 people have recovered from novel coronavirus.
One new outbreak was reported at Holy Family Long Term Care in Vancouver.
Outbreaks at Mayfair Seniors in Abbotsford, Morgan Place in Surrey and Little Mountain Place in Vancouver have been declared over.
In total, there are 25 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.
29 new cases were reported in Island Health on Friday.
There are 233 active cases remaining in the region, according to Island Health. By Health Service Delivery Area, they are:
- South Island: 50 | Total cases: 454
- Central Island: 170 | Total cases: 851
- North Island: 13 | Total cases: 278
No new deaths were reported in the Island Health region, with a total of 19 deaths to date.
12 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, 124,979 people in B.C. have received a COVID-19 vaccine. 4,262 of those people have received their second dose.
Dr. Bonnie Henry said on Friday that she remains confident the province will be able to deliver on Phase 1 and 2 of its vaccination strategy, despite issues with supply.
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, 102,554,416 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide. 2,213,589 have died, and 74,255,381 have recovered.