B.C. reports 737 new COVID-19 cases, including 37 in Island Health

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Island Health reported 37 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total number of active cases to 217. That number includes 105 in the central island region, up eight in the last 24 hours, in addition to 83 in the south and 29 in the north. No additional deaths were reported.

Nine people are hospitalized with the virus and three are in ICU, according to the B.C. government’s COVID-19 dashboard. There were 884 COVID-19 tests completed in the past 24 hours.

Province-wide

B.C. recorded 737 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths over the last 24 hours. There are 5,207 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 292 people in hospital, including 85 in critical care.

The province has administered 490,022 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 87,139 second doses, according to a joint statement by Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health.

“We are working with all of the supply we have available to maximize our protection and we are using every last drop. We also must focus on the individual actions that we need now more than ever to keep each other and our families and communities safe,” reads the statement.

People over 80 can now book their vaccine appointment. Starting tomorrow at noon, people 79 and older and Indigenous peoples over 55 will be able to book an appointment, according to the province.

B.C. confirmed 68 new variant of concern (VOC) cases, bringing the total to 1,200, though only 149 are active, the statement said.

“This includes 1,094 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 41 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 65 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant,” it continues.

There are 9,412 people under active public health monitoring in B.C. and 465 more people have recovered from the virus, bringing the total to 84,078, according to the province.

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