The B.C. Ministry of Health reported 445 new cases of COVID-19 across the province on Friday, for a total of 72,750 cases since the pandemic began.
New cases were reported in these health regions:
- Vancouver Coastal Health: 135
- Fraser Health: 218
- Island Health: 15
- Interior Health: 44
- Northern Health: 30
The number of active cases in B.C. increased from 4,317 to 4,347.
There are now a total of 226 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 61 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.
Ten more people have died from COVID-related causes, bringing the provincial death toll to 1,288.
7,035 people are in isolation, under active public health monitoring after exposure to COVID-19.
A total of 66,608 people have recovered from novel coronavirus.
One new health facility outbreak was reported on Friday at Carrington Place Retirement Residence in Vernon.
The Outbreak at Jubilee Lodge in Prince George was declared over.
In total, there are 16 assisted-living, long-term care homes, seniors’ rental buildings and six 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.
15 new cases were reported in Island Health on Friday.
There are 202 (-18) active cases remaining in the region, according to Island Health. By Health Service Delivery Area, they are:
- South Island: 54 | Total cases: 543
- Central Island: 140 | Total cases: 1,098
- North Island: 8 | Total cases: 289
No new deaths were reported in the Island Health region, with a total of 20 deaths to date.
18 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.
Vaccinations and Variants
To date, 162,982 (+3,095) people in B.C. have received a COVID-19 vaccine. 17,562(+1,878) of those people have received their second dose.
There are now 29 (+4 since Feb. 8) cases of the UK variant, 17 (+2 since Feb 8) cases of the South Africa variant in BC 1.
There is one case of a new variant recorded in BC, linked to travel to Nigeria.
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, 108,691,918 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide. 2,392,037 have died, and 80,691,938 have recovered.