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

The B.C. Ministry of Health reported 564 new cases of COVID-19 across the province on Thursday March 4th, for a total of 82,473 cases since the pandemic began.

New cases were reported in these health regions:

Vancouver Coastal Health: 168
Fraser Health: 279
Island Health: 35
Interior Health: 36
Northern Health: 46

The number of active cases in B.C. increased from 4,654 to 4,743.

There are now a total of 248 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 63 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

Four new people have died from COVID-related causes, bringing the provincial death toll to 1,376.

8,659 people are under active public health monitoring after exposure to COVID-19.

A total of 76,289 people have recovered from novel coronavirus.


There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks.

There are seven active outbreaks in long-term facilities, three in independent living centres, 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 36 new COVID-19 cases today.

There are 272 active cases remaining in the region, according to Island Health. By Health Service Delivery Area, they are:

  • South Island: 50 (+9)  | Total cases: 646 (+14)
  • Central Island: 154 (-5)| Total cases: 1,420 (+17)
  • North Island: 68 (0) | Total cases: 411 (+5)

One new death was reported in the Island Health region. There are a total of 27 deaths to date.

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

Vaccinations and Variants

To date, 298,851 (+9,042) doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 86,746 (+130) of which are second doses.

There have been 46 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern in our province.

Of the total number of 246 confirmed variant cases, 16 cases are active and the remaining people have recovered.

Of the total, 218 cases were of the UK variant and 28 cases were of the South Africa variant.

Variant cases have been reported in these health regions:

Vancouver Coastal Health: 60
Fraser Health: 178
Island Health: 6
Interior Health: 2

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At the time of this publication, 116,156,575 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide. 2,579,265 have died, and 91,775,629 have recovered.

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