The B.C. Ministry of Health reported 1,158 new cases of COVID-19 across the province for the period of January 29 to February 1, for a total of 67,937 cases since the pandemic began.
New cases were reported in these health regions:
- Vancouver Coastal Health: 295
- Fraser Health: 493
- Island Health: 78
- Interior Health: 194
- Northern Health: 98
The number of active cases in B.C. decreased from 4,557 to 4,134.
There are now a total of 289 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 79 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.
21 more people have died from COVID-related causes, bringing the provincial death toll to 1,210.
7,242 people are in isolation, under active public health monitoring after exposure to COVID-19.
A total of 61,117 people have recovered from novel coronavirus.
One new outbreak was reported at Westsyde Care Residences group home.
Outbreaks at Brookside Lodge and Burnaby Hospital have been declared over.
In total, there are 24 assisted-living, long-term care homes, seniors’ rental buildings and eight 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.
78 new cases were reported in Island Health for the period of January 29 to February 1.
There are 240 active cases remaining in the region, according to Island Health. By Health Service Delivery Area, they are:
- South Island: 58 | Total cases: 467
- Central Island: 173 | Total cases: 910
- North Island: 9 | Total cases: 281
No new deaths were reported in the Island Health region, with a total of 19 deaths to date.
16 people are currently hospitalized in the Island Health region, including six 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, 138,892 people in B.C. have received a COVID-19 vaccine. 4,491 of those people have received their second dose.
On Monday, Dr. Bonnie Henry said the province has seen 18 positive cases of variants, including four cases of the South Africa variant and 14 of the UK variant. Seven of the UK variant cases were confirmed this past weekend.
Of the four South Africa variant cases, three were in Coastal Health and one was in Fraser Health.
Four of the UK variant cases were found in Island Health, with one more each in Coastal Health and Interior Health and eight in Fraser Health.
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, 103,903,548 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide. 2,246,728 have died, and 75,665,411 have recovered.