Island Health reports five new cases of COVID-19 as immunizations begin in B.C

the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was given to 409 healthcare workers in B.C. yesterday. || photo courtesy of B.C. government Flickr
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Island Health reported five new cases of COVID-19 today — there are now 81 active cases in the health region. This includes 36 in the central island region (one fewer than yesterday), 19 in the north and 26 in the south. There are seven people hospitalized in Island Health, four of whom are in critical care, according to the B.C. government’s COVID-19 dashboard.

There were 640 new cases reported across the province today, according to a joint statement from Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health.

B.C. now has 9,950 active cases of COVID-19, 90 more than yesterday. There are 362 people in hospital with the virus, 91 of whom are in critical care — 24 people have died in the past day.

The first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine were administered yesterday — 409 healthcare workers were immunized, according to the statement. 

“Starting next week, the province will receive weekly vaccine deliveries for clinics in every health region throughout the province. Specific timing will be provided once confirmed,” it said.

There are currently 10,538 people under active public health monitoring because of exposure to the virus and 32,376 people who contracted it have recovered.

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