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

The B.C. Ministry of Health reported 498 new cases of COVID-19 across the province on Wednesday March 17th, for a total of 89,427 cases since the pandemic began.

New cases were reported in these health regions:

Vancouver Coastal Health: 128
Fraser Health: 291
Island Health: 12
Interior Health: 31
Northern Health: 36

The number of active cases in BC decreased from 4,999 to 4,851.

There are now a total of 281 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 83 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

Four new people have died from COVID-related causes making the provincial death toll at 1,411.

9,472 people are under active public health monitoring after exposure to COVID-19.

A total of 83,083 people have recovered from novel coronavirus.


There have been no new health-care facility 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.

Island Health

Island Health reported 16 new cases of COVID-19 today.

The number of active cases on the island decreased by 9 cases to 193 remaining active cases.

Breakdown of cases on Vancouver Island:

  • South Vancouver Island: Active cases: 68 (0)│ Total Cases: 740 (+6)
  • Central Vancouver Island: Active cases: 92 (-4)│ Total Cases: 1,581 (+8)
  • North Vancouver Island: Active cases: 33 (-5)│ Total Cases: 471 (+2)

10 people remain in hospital with 3 in ICU.

There were no new deaths in the Island Health region.

28 people have died since the pandemic began.

Vaccinations and Variants

To date, 444,140 (+19,623) doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC, 87,093 (+23) of which are second doses.

There has been a lab sequencing issue; therefore, variant cases were not updated today.

As of yesterday, there have been 116 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern in our province.

Of the total number of 996 confirmed variant cases, 130 cases are active and the remaining people have recovered.

Of the total, 921 cases were of the UK variant, 41 cases were of the South Africa variant, and 34 cases of the Brazil variant.

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At the time of this publication, 121,669,353 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide. 2,688,014 have died, and 98,079,840 have recovered.

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