BC health officials to give updated COVID-19 epidemiological modelling today

Apr 15 2021, 8:33 am

BC Health Officials are scheduled to provide a live COVID-19 update on Thursday afternoon, including new epidemiological modelling.

The update comes amidst a spike in COVID-19 cases, with 1,168 announced on Wednesday. There have been six new deaths, for a total of 1,521 in British Columbia.

There are 8,728 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 14,602 people under public health monitoring due to identified exposure to known cases.

Of the active cases, 397 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 120 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

To date, 1,190,832 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in BC, 87,820 of which are second doses.

A total of 103,360 people who tested positive for the virus have now recovered.

Premier John Horgan recently addressed BC’s recommendation against inter-provincial travel, saying that further recommendations are “not off the table.

“If [Provincial Health Officer] Dr. Henry believes there’s an opportunity for us to use some form of further restrictions, we’ll look at that,” he said during a press conference. “

We haven’t taken travel restrictions off the board. Quite frankly, it’s about how practical are they and how can we enforce [them]? There are logistical challenges.”

Thursday’s announcement is scheduled to begin at 2 pm and can be streamed online.

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