Island Health reported 27 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total number of active cases to 256. That number includes 139 in the central island region, down by 15 in the last 24 hours, along with 55 in the south and 62 in the north. No additional deaths were reported.
Seventeen people are hospitalized with the virus and two people are in ICU, according to the B.C. government’s COVID-19 dashboard. There were 1,026 COVID-19 tests completed in the past 24 hours.
B.C. recorded 634 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths over the last 24 hours. There are 4,901 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, including 255 people in hospital and 66 in critical care.
The province has administered 311,208 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 86,865 second doses, according to a joint statement by Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health.
“Starting on Monday, vaccine appointment bookings for people over 90 and Indigenous people over 65 will get underway, with appointments available in communities province-wide,” the statement said.
The province confirmed four new variant of concern (VOC) cases, bringing the total to 250.
“Of the total cases, 12 are active and the remaining people have recovered. This includes 222 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant and 28 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant,” reads the statement.