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The B.C. Ministry of Health reported 559 new cases of COVID-19 across the province on Tuesday, February 23rd, for a total of 77,822 cases since the pandemic began.

New cases were reported in these health regions:

Vancouver Coastal Health: 132
Fraser Health: 278
Island Health: 39
Interior Health: 43
Northern Health: 66

The number of active cases in B.C. increased from 4,486 to 4,677.

There are now a total of 238 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 69 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

One more person has died from COVID-related causes, bringing the provincial death toll to 1,336.

Over 7,881 people are in isolation, under active public health monitoring after exposure to COVID-19.

A total of 71,753 people have recovered from novel coronavirus.


No new health facility outbreak reported.

There are 12 active outbreaks in long-term facilities and five in acute-care facilities.

The outbreak in Abbotsford Regional Hospital is 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 37 new cases on the Island as of Tuesday.

There are 232 active cases remaining in the region, according to Island Health. By Health Service Delivery Area, they are:

  • South Island: 40 | Total cases: 594
  • Central Island: 140 | Total cases: 1,257
  • North Island: 52 | Total cases: 343

No new deaths were reported in the Island Health region. There is a total of 24 deaths to date.

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

Vaccinations and Variants

To date, 224,354 (+5,630) people in B.C. have received a COVID-19 vaccine. 58,896 (+3,839) of those people have received their second dose.

There are 28 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants in our province.

There are a total of 101 cases and two cases of variants that are under investigation.

Of the total number of cases, four are active and the remaining 97 have now recovered.

81 cases of the UK variant, 20 cases of the South Africa variant, and two cases of a Nigerian variant recorded in BC.

No update on numbers was given on variants from the Province.

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At the time of this publication, 112,604,381 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide. 2,494,143 have died, and 88,095,357 have recovered.

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