BC health officials announce 556 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

Mar 16 2021, 3:35 pm

British Columbia health officials announced 556 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 88,929.

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 139 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 331 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 27 in the Island Health region, 27 in the Interior Health region, 16 in the Northern Health region, and two new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

There are 4,999 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 9,511 people under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

Of the active cases, 280 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 84 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

There have been 116 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern, for a total of 996 cases in the province. Of the total cases, 130 are active and the remaining people have recovered.

This includes 921 cases of the B.1.1.7 (UK) variant, 41 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant, and 34 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 1,407 in BC.

To date, 424,517 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the province, 87,070 of which are second doses.

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