(Dr. Bonnie Henry/Photo by Colin Smith Takes Pics)

The B.C. Ministry of Health reported 427 new cases of COVID-19 across the province on Wednesday for February 17th for a total of 74,710 cases since the pandemic began.

New cases were reported in these health regions:

Vancouver Coastal Health: 90
Fraser Health: 236
Island Health: 18
Interior Health: 47
Northern Health: 31

The number of active cases in B.C. decreased from 4,347 to 4,150.

There are now a total of 232 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 63 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

3 more people have died from COVID-related causes, bringing the provincial death toll to 1,317.

Over 7,238 people are in isolation, under active public health monitoring after exposure to COVID-19.

A total of 69,167 people have recovered from novel coronavirus.


There are no new health facility outbreaks reported.

The outbreaks at Sunnybank Retirement Home and Mountain View Manor are now over.

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

There are 18 new cases on the Island as of Wednesday.

There are 148 active cases remaining in the region, according to Island Health.

By Health Service Delivery Area, they are:

  • South Vancouver Island  Active cases: 40 (-7) Total Cases: 565 (+1)
  • Central Vancouver Island Active cases: 98 (+3) Total Cases: 1,137 (+16)
  • North Vancouver Island Active cases: 10 (+1) Total Cases: 299 (+3)

1 new deaths were reported in the Island Health region, with a total of 23 deaths to date.

18 people are currently hospitalized in the Island Health region, including six people in intensive care units.

Vaccinations and Variants

To date, 176,015 people in B.C. have received a COVID-19 vaccine. 26,030 of those people have received their second dose.

There are 60 confirmed variant cases.

40 cases of the UK variant, 19 cases of the South Africa variant in BC 1 and one case of a Nigerian variant recorded in BC.

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, 110,394,879 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide. 2,438,851 have died, and 85,286,047 have recovered.

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