B.C. reports 498 new COVID-19 cases, including 16 in Island Health

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Island Health reported 16 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total number of active cases to 193. That number includes 92 in the central island region, down four in the last 24 hours, in addition to 68 in the south and 33 in the north. No additional deaths were reported.

Ten people are hospitalized with the virus and three are in ICU, according to the B.C. government’s COVID-19 dashboard. There were 742 COVID-19 tests completed in the past 24 hours.

Province-wide

B.C. recorded 498 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths over the last 24 hours. There are 4,851 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, including 281 people in hospital and 83 in critical care.

The province has administered 444,140 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 87,093 second doses, according a joint statement by Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health.

People over 82 can now book their vaccine appointment and by Friday people 80 and up will be able to book their shots, according to the province.

Due to a lab sequencing issue, no new variant of concern data is available today, the province said.

As of yesterday, B.C. has confirmed 996 variant of concern (VOC) cases, though only 130 are active. The number 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.

There are 9,472 people under active public health monitoring in B.C. and 647 more people have recovered from the virus, bringing the total to 83,083, according to the province.

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