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The B.C. Ministry of Health reported 509 new cases of COVID-19 across the province on Friday, for a total of 60,117 cases since the pandemic began.

New cases were reported in these health regions:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 101
  • Fraser Health: 260
  • Island Health: 13
  • Interior Health: 86
  • Northern Health: 49

The number of active cases in B.C. decreased from 4,624 to 4,604.

There are now a total of 349 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 68 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

9 more people have died from COVID-related causes, bringing the provincial death toll to 1,047.

7,132 people are in isolation and under active public health monitoring after exposure to COVID-19.

A total of 53,115 people have recovered from novel coronavirus.

Outbreaks

There is one new health-care facility outbreak at Hilltop House in Squamish.

Two outbreaks have also been declared over at Villa Cathay and Wingtat Game Bird Packers.

In total, there are 49 assisted-living, long-term care homes, seniors’ rental buildings and 10 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

13 new cases were reported in the Island Health region on Friday.

As of Friday, there are 175 active cases remaining in the region, according to Island Health. By Health Service Delivery Area, they are:

  • South Island: 33 | Total cases: 392
  • Central Island: 118 | Total cases: 570
  • North Island: 24 | Total cases: 249

10 people are currently hospitalized in the Island Health region, including two 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. 15
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Vaccinations

To date, 75,914 (+6,168) people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in B.C.

“We are disappointed to hear today there will be a short-term delay in the delivery of some of the Pfizer vaccines to British Columbia in the coming weeks as the company upgrades its production facility,” Dr. Bonnie Henry stated.

“We are working closely with the federal government to determine how this might impact our immunization rollout in the immediate term, and we will have more to share in the coming days.”

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, 94,232,370 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide. 2,015,925 have died, and 67,289,171 have recovered.

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