B.C. reports 624 new COVID-19 cases, vaccination efforts continue

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B.C. recorded 624 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24-hours. There are 9,978 active cases of COVID-19 in the province — down 31 since yesterday. That number includes 356 people in hospital and 92 in critical care. There were 11 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24-hours, according to the provincial government. The province’s seven day rolling average for new cases is 658.

“Yesterday, 1,376 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine were given to B.C. front-line health-care workers, for a total of 2,592 doses to date,” said a joint statement from Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health.

There are five people hospitalized with the virus and one in ICU in Island Health, according to the B.C. government’s COVID-19 dashboard.

Island Health confirmed one more patient and another staff member at Saanich Peninsula Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19. The total number of infections is now 22 — 11 patients and 11 staff. Three deaths have been connected to the outbreak. 

Currently 10,211 people are under active public health monitoring in B.C. as a result of exposure to the virus.

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