Island Health reported 52 more COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of active cases to 467. Of those, 190 are in the central island region, 250 are in the south island and 27 are in the north, according to Island Health. The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) dashboard shows 18 people in hospital, including four in ICU. No new deaths were reported.
B.C. reported 873 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths over the last 24 hours. There are now 9,756 active cases, including 377 people hospitalized with the virus, 121 of them in critical care, according to the BC CDC.
The province has confirmed 5,221 variant of concern (VOC) cases, though only 258 are considered active.
“This includes 3,627 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 65 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 1,529 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant,” reads a joint statement by Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health.
The province has administered 1,148,993 doses of the three COVID-19 vaccines, 87,785 of which are second doses, according to the statement.
People 65 and older, Indigenous people 18 and over and clinically extremely vulnerable people who have received letter are now eligible to receive their vaccine. People 55 to 65 may also book appointments for the AstraZeneca vaccine at pharmacies throughout the province, the statement said.
Across B.C., 102,268 people have recovered from COVID-19, including 3,488 in Island Health. There are 16,290 people under active public health monitoring as a result of exposure to the virus.