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

The B.C. Ministry of Health reported 589 new cases of COVID-19 across the province on Friday February 26th, for a total of 79,262 cases since the pandemic began.

New cases were reported in these health regions:

Vancouver Coastal Health: 157
Fraser Health: 317
Island Health: 31
Interior Health: 39
Northern Health: 45

The number of active cases in B.C. increased from 4,489 to 4,665.

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.

Seven new people have died from COVID-related causes, bringing the provincial death toll to 1,355.

8,040 people are under active public health monitoring after exposure to COVID-19.

A total of 73,188 people have recovered from novel coronavirus.


There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks.

There are 13 active outbreaks in long-term facilities and five in acute-care facilities.

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

Island Health is reporting 32 new COVID-19 cases today.

There are 260 (+3) active cases remaining in the region, according to Island Health. By Health Service Delivery Area, they are:

  • South Island: 35 (-7) | Total cases: 605 (-)
  • Central Island: 161 (+5) | Total cases: 1,327 (+21)
  • North Island: 64 (+5) | Total cases: 371 (+12)

One new death was reported in the Island Health region. There are a total of 25 deaths to date.

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

Vaccinations and Variants

To date, 252,373  (+12,540) people in B.C. have received a COVID-19 vaccine. 73,808 (+5,651) of those people have received their second dose.

There are no new confirmed cases of variants today.

There are a total of 116 cases and two cases of variants that are under investigation.

Of the total number of cases, nine are active and the remaining 107 have now recovered.

97 cases of the UK variant, 21 cases of the South Africa variant, and two cases of a Nigerian variant recorded in BC.

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At the time of this publication, 113,949,302 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide. 2,527,725 have died, and 89,510,696 have recovered.

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