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

The B.C. Ministry of Health reported 438 new cases of COVID-19 across the province on Tuesday March 2nd, for a total of 81,367 cases since the pandemic began.

An additional 254 cases were reported in the past seven days due to a data system overflow.

New cases were reported in these health regions:

Vancouver Coastal Health: 137
Fraser Health: 249
Island Health: 19
Interior Health: 16
Northern Health: 17

The number of active cases in B.C. increased from 4,665 to 4,679.

There are now a total of 243 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 63 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

Two new people have died from COVID-related causes, bringing the provincial death toll to 1,365.

8,445 people are under active public health monitoring after exposure to COVID-19.

A total of 75,255 people have recovered from novel coronavirus.

Outbreaks

There have been two new health care facility outbreaks.

The outbreak at Eden Gardens is now over.

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

Outbreaks and other exposure events can be linked to from the BC Centre for Disease Control website.


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Island Health

Island Health is reporting 23 new COVID-19 cases today.

There are 291 active cases remaining in the region, according to Island Health. By Health Service Delivery Area, they are:

  • South Island: 44 (0)  | Total cases: 626 (+7)
  • Central Island: 170 (-17)| Total cases: 1,388 (+8)
  • North Island: 77 (+6) | Total cases: 400 (+8)

No new deaths were reported in the Island Health region. There are a total of 26 deaths to date.

17 people are currently hospitalized in the Island Health region, including three people in intensive care units.

Vaccinations and Variants

To date, 283,182 (+7,501) doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 83,537 (+2,760) of which are second doses.

There have been 22 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants.

Of the total number of 182 confirmed variant cases, 8 cases are active and the remaining people have recovered.

Of the total, 159 cases were of the UK variant and 23 cases were of the South Africa variant.

The two cases of Nigerian variants were not reported.

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At the time of this publication, 115,258,435 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide. 2,558,316 have died, and 90,989,734 have recovered.

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