BC health officials to give written COVID-19 update on Tuesday afternoon

Jan 5 2021, 8:59 am

Health officials in British Columbia are scheduled to provide a written COVID-19 update on Tuesday afternoon.

The announcement follows a total of 2,211 new test-positive COVID-19 cases since New Year’s Eve, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 54,201.

During a press conference on Monday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there were 565 cases reported from Thursday to Friday, 607 from Friday to Saturday, 500 from Saturday to Sunday, and 539 from Sunday to Monday.

There are currently 6,823 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. Additionally, there are 351 individuals currently hospitalized with the virus, 76 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

A total of 8,785 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases, and there have been 45 new COVID-19-related deaths, for a total of 946 deaths in BC.

During Monday’s live update, health officials also shared details about the province’s vaccination plan. Vaccination for priority populations is expected to be completed in the spring, with a mass COVID-19 immunization strategy taking place between April and September.

Henry added that more details around the strategy would be made available in mid-to-late January.

“It’s a monumental task, and there are many months left to go in this,” Henry said.

She reminded residents that gathering restrictions are still in place, and that there is still a need to rely on other layers of protection such as masks and physical distancing during the vaccine rollout.

Tuesday’s written COVID-19 update is expected to be released in the afternoon. The next live update will take place on Thursday.

With files from Megan Devlin and Eric Zimmer.