B.C. extends public health orders — six more COVID-19 deaths today

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B.C. will keep the current public health restrictions for the foreseeable future, according to Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer. 

“Between now and the end of the month, we will be continually reconsidering the need for the restrictions based on incidence and prevalence of the virus, new information about transmission, especially understanding the impact of variants, and the progress of vaccine supply and our immunization program,” read a joint statement from Henry and Adrian Dix, minister of health.

Island health reported 28 new cases today. There are now 236 active cases in the region, according to the health authority. Of these, 165 are in the central island, 61 are in the south and 10 are in the north. The B.C. government COVID-19 dashboard shows 18 people hospitalized in Island Health, five of whom are in critical care.

Across the province there are now 4,423 active cases of the virus – Henry reported 471 new cases in the past 24 hours. There are 253 people hospitalized, 70 of whom are in critical care. Six more people have died.

To date, 149,564 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the province, 10,366 of which have been second doses.

There are now 6,886 people under public health monitoring as a result of exposure to the virus, according to the statement. 

“We want a smooth, flat path to the finish with few, if any, hurdles of outbreaks or unchecked transmission in our community. We are not quite there yet, but we are getting closer every day,” it reads.

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