British Columbia health officials announced 648 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 86,867.
In a joint written statement, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said that broken down by health region, this equates to 149 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 372 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 32 in the Island Health region, 39 in the Interior Health region, 56 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
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There are 5,070 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 9,155 people under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.
Of the active cases, 255 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 67 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
There have been 79 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern, for a total of 717 cases. Of the total cases, 99 are active and the remaining people have recovered. This includes 667 cases of the B.1.1.7 (UK) variant, 36 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant, and 14 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant.
There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths in the last 24 hours, leaving the total at 1,397 deaths.
A total of 80,325 people who tested positive have recovered, and to date, 380,743 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC, 87,024 of which are second doses. Vaccine appointment bookings are now open for people over 85 and Indigenous people over 65.