Island Health reported 29 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total number of active cases to 202. That number includes 96 in the central island region, down four in the last 24 hours, in addition to 68 in the south and 38 in the north. No additional deaths were reported.
Fourteen people are hospitalized with the virus and three are in ICU, according to the B.C. government’s COVID-19 dashboard. There were 695 COVID-19 tests completed in the past 24 hours.
B.C. recorded 556 new COVID-19 cases and zero deaths over the last 24 hours. There are 4,999 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, including 280 people in hospital and 84 in critical care.
The province has administered 424,517 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 87,070 second doses, according a joint statement by Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health.
People over 83 can now book their vaccine appointment and by Friday people 80 and up will be able to book their shots, according to the province.
“Every person who receives a vaccine makes all of us safer, which is why teams are working hard to ensure every drop of available vaccine supply gets into arms as soon as possible,” the statement reads. “Already, we have been able to accelerate availability for older citizens and we hope to be able to continue to push forward at this pace.
B.C. confirmed 116 new variant of concern (VOC) cases, bringing the total to 996, though only 130 are active, the statement said.
“This includes 921 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 41 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 34 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant,” it continues.
There are 9,511 people under active public health monitoring in B.C. and 82,436 people have recovered from the virus, according to the province.