(Dr. Bonnie Henry, Minister Adrian Dix/Photo by Colin Smith Takes Pics)

The B.C. Ministry of Health reported 542 new cases of COVID-19 across the province on Wednesday March 3rd, for a total of 81,909 cases since the pandemic began.

New cases were reported in these health regions:

Vancouver Coastal Health: 131
Fraser Health: 292
Island Health: 31
Interior Health: 43
Northern Health: 44

The number of active cases in B.C. decreased from 4,679 to 4,654

There are now a total of 246 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 64 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 1,372.

8,617 people are under active public health monitoring after exposure to COVID-19.

A total of 75,819 people have recovered from novel coronavirus.


There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks.

As of yesterday, 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.

More COVID-19 coverage from Victoria Buzz, including local exposures and outbreaks.

Island Health

Island Health is reporting 27 new COVID-19 cases today.

There are 270 active cases remaining in the region, according to Island Health. By Health Service Delivery Area, they are:

  • South Island: 41 (-3)  | Total cases: 632 (+6)
  • Central Island: 161 (-9)| Total cases: 1,403 (+15)
  • North Island: 68 (-9) | Total cases: 406 (+6)

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

16 people are currently hospitalized in the Island Health region, including one person in intensive care units.

Vaccinations and Variants

To date, 289,809 (+6,627) doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 86,616 (+3,079) of which are second doses.

There have been 18 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern in our province.

Of the total number of 200 confirmed variant cases, 11 cases are active and the remaining people have recovered.

Of the total, 176 cases were of the UK variant and 24 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, 115,725,876 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide. 2,558,316 have died, and 90,989,734 have recovered.

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