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The B.C. Ministry of Health reported 546 new cases of COVID-19 across the province Thursday, for a total of 66,265 cases since the pandemic began.

New cases were reported in these health regions:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 174
  • Fraser Health: 218
  • Island Health: 30
  • Interior Health: 70
  • Northern Health: 51
  • Residents outside Canada: 3

The number of active cases in B.C. increased from 4,299 to 4,455.

There are now a total of 291 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 75 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 1,184.

7,176 people are in isolation, under active public health monitoring after exposure to COVID-19.

A total of 59,141 people have recovered from novel coronavirus.


There are two new health-care facility outbreaks, at Bradley Centre and Concord by the Sea.

The outbreaks at Chilliwack General Hospital, KinVillage, KinVillage West Court and Rideau Retirement Residence are over.

In total, there are 27 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.

Island Health

30 new cases were reported in Island Health on Thursday.

There are 222 active cases remaining in the region, according to Island Health. By Health Service Delivery Area, they are:

  • South Island: 41 | Total cases: 444
  • Central Island: 167 | Total cases: 831
  • North Island: 14 | Total cases: 278

No new deaths were reported in the Island Health region, with a total of 19 deaths to date.

16 people are currently hospitalized in the Island Health region, including four people in intensive care units.

Island Health’s chart below shows the region’s COVID-19 curve over the course of the pandemic.

Island Health Jan. 28
(Island Health)


To date, 123,070 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in B.C. 4,185 of those people have received their second dose.

Government agencies have set up a number of websites for British Columbians who need more information on COVID-19. Some links include:

At the time of this publication, 101,982,544 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide. 2,198,606 have died, and 73,813,476 have recovered.

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