B.C. long-term care home outbreaks declining

Dr. Réka Gustafson, deputy provincial health officer, provides the Feb. 19 COVID-19 update. || Photo is a screenshot of the update livestream .
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B.C. set a new record for COVID-19 vaccinations — 12,250 people received a dose yesterday, according to Dr. Réka Gustafson, deputy provincial health officer.

The province has administered 192,942 doses of vaccine, including 36,923 second doses, said Gustafson.

The province is seeing a decline in long-term care home outbreaks and said an assessment indicated there is substantial effectiveness in elderly people.

“This is a very important finding because this is the population at highest risk of severe illness and it’s not a population that always responds particularly well to vaccines,” said Gustafson.

Island Health

There are 159 active COVID-19 cases in the Island Health region, including 19 reported in the last 24 hours. That number includes 96 in the central island region, down one since yesterday, along with 43 in the south and 20 in the north. No additional deaths were reported.

Eighteen people are hospitalized with the virus and seven are in ICU, according to the B.C. government’s COVID-19 dashboard. 

There were 946 COVID-19 tests completed in the past 24 hours.

Province-wide

B.C. recorded 508 new COVID-19 cases and six deaths over the past 24 hours. There are 4,486 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, including 217 people in hospital and 61 in critical care.

There are 7,440 people under active public health monitoring as a result of exposure to the virus, according to Gustafson.

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