B.C. records 840 new COVID-19 cases, including 38 in Island Health

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B.C. recorded 840 new COVID-19 cases and six deaths over the last 24 hours. There are now 7,062 active cases, including 312 people hospitalized with the virus, 78 of them in critical care.

Island Health reported 38 more cases, bringing the total number of active cases to 339. Of those, 144 are in the central island region, 170 are in the south island and 25 are in the north. 

Thirteen people in Island Health are in hospital with COVID-19, one is in ICU. No new deaths were reported.

The province has administered 724,193 doses of the three COVID-19 vaccines, including 87,319 second doses, according to a joint statement by Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health. 

People 73 and over can book their COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Island Health’s website says it will have vaccine information for people aged 70–72 soon. 

Another 320 variant of concern (VOC) cases were confirmed in the past day, making the total 2,553, though only 313 are considered active, according to the province.

“This includes 2,134 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 49 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 370 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant,” reads the statement.

Across B.C., 679 more people have recovered from the virus, bringing the total to 90,401. There are 11,164 people under active public health monitoring. 

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