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The B.C. Ministry of Health reported 634 new cases of COVID-19 across the province on Friday March 5th for a total of 83,107 cases since the pandemic began.

New cases were reported in these health regions:

Vancouver Coastal Health: 149
Fraser Health: 365
Island Health: 26
Interior Health: 33
Northern Health: 60

The number of active cases in B.C. increased from 4,743 to 4,901.

There are now a total of 255 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 66 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 1,372.

8,861 people are under active public health monitoring after exposure to COVID-19.

A total of 76,752 people have recovered from novel coronavirus.


There has been one new health-care facility outbreak at the Holmberg House Hospice in the Fraser Health region.

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

  • South Island: 55 (+5)  | Total cases: 655 (+9)
  • Central Island: 139 (-10)| Total cases: 1,435 (+15)
  • North Island: 62 (-6) | Total cases: 414 (+3)

No new deaths were 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 two people in intensive care units.

Vaccinations and Variants

To date, 311,208 (+12,357) doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 86,865 (+119) of which are second doses.

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

Of the total number of 250 confirmed variant cases, 12 cases are active and the remaining people have recovered.

Of the total, 222 cases were of the UK variant and 28 cases were of the South Africa variant.

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At the time of this publication, 116,612,684 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide. 2,590,094 have died, and 92,187,896 have recovered.

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