BC health officials to give live COVID-19 update for first time since Thursday

Apr 6 2021, 8:53 am

Health officials in British Columbia will be providing a live update on COVID-19 cases and vaccinations on Tuesday afternoon — the first since Thursday of last week.

At 3 pm, a press conference will take place with Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

On Monday, the province announced 1,889 new COVID-19 cases since Saturday — 999 cases were reported from Saturday to Sunday, and 890 cases were recorded from Sunday to Monday.

There are 8,490 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 11,989 people under public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

Of the active cases, 318 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 96 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

Since April 1, there have been 916 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern in the province, for a total of 3,559 cases (588 are active). This includes 2,771 cases of the B.1.1.7 (UK) variant, 51 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant, and 737 cases of P.1 (Brazil) variant.

To date, 893,590 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in BC, 87,472 of which are second doses.

These periods are in addition to April 1 to 2, when 1,018 cases were reported, and April 2 and 3, when 1,072 cases were reported. The statement notes, “those figures were provisional and have since been confirmed as 1,074 cases over April 1 to 2 and 1,077 cases over April 2 to 3.”

Combined, “this results in a four-day case count of 4,040 new cases.”

On Tuesday morning, BC also launched its online COVID-19 booking system. This is in addition to booking by phone (1-833-838-2323) or in-person at the nearest Service BC location.

Today’s press conference can be streamed live on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube.

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