B.C. reports 694 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths

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B.C. reported 694 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. There are 9,103 active cases of COVID-19 in the province — up 162 since yesterday — including 325 in hospital and 80 in critical care.

There were 12 deaths from the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours. Eight people died in Fraser Health and four in Vancouver Coastal Health, according to Adrian Dix, minister of health.

“Many of our communities around this province are affected right now. Many of whom went through the first wave — the first number of months of this pandemic, without having cases,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer.

Henry said the province has established an emergency operations coordinating committee to manage and deliver vaccines in B.C.

“We know that we will have limited amounts at first. We won’t be able to broadly achieve what we’ve been calling community immunity, or herd immunity, right off the bat. But that will come,” she said.

There are 10,849 people under active public health monitoring as a result of exposure to the virus, according to Henry. Since the start of the pandemic, 24,928 people have recovered from COVID-19 in B.C.

Dix said Island Health has completed 37,543 surgeries since May 19, when the healthcare system resumed non-urgent surgeries.

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