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

The BC Ministry of Health reported 1,013 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, March 31st, for a total of 100,048 cases since the pandemic began.

New cases were reported in these health regions:

Vancouver Coastal Health: 385
Fraser Health: 458
Island Health: 47
Interior Health: 64
Northern Health: 60

The number of active cases in BC increased from 7,062 to 7,405.

There are now a total of 301 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 80 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

Three new people have died from COVID-related causes making the provincial death toll at 1,458.

11,468 people are under active public health monitoring after exposure to COVID-19.

A total of 91,066 people have recovered from novel coronavirus.


There has been one new outbreak at Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

The outbreak at Mission Memorial Hospital is over.

There are 4 active outbreaks in long-term-care homes and 9 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 reported 57 new cases of COVID-19 today.

The number of active cases on the island increased by 25 cases to 364 remaining active cases.

Breakdown of cases on Vancouver Island:

  • South Vancouver Island –  Active cases: 181 (+11) │Total Cases: 993(+30)
  • Central Vancouver Island –Active cases: 156 (+12) │Total Cases: 1,813 (+24)
  • North Vancouver Island – Active cases: 27 (+2)│ Total Cases: 510 (+3)

As of yesterday, 13 people remain in hospital with 1 in ICU.

There was no new deaths in the Island Health region.

29 people have died since the pandemic began.

Vaccinations and Variants

To date, 756,080 (+31,887) doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC, 87,351 (+32) of which are second doses.

There was a delay in the sequencing analysis for COVID19 variants of concern; as a result, the new cases for the last 24 hours are unavailable.

As of yesterday, there were 320 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern in our province.

Of the total number of 2,553 confirmed variant cases, 313 cases were active and the remaining people recovered.

Of the total, 2,134 cases were of the UK variant, 49 cases were of the South Africa variant, and 370 cases of the Brazil variant.

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At the time of this publication, 129,435,669 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide. 2,827,136 have died, and 104,386,911 have recovered.

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