Health officials in British Columbia are scheduled to give a live update on COVID-19 on Thursday afternoon.
The announcement comes after 619 new test-positive coronavirus cases were declared on Wednesday, bringing the provincially recorded total to 39,337.
During a live presentation, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that there were 338 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, 75 of whom are in intensive care. Health officials also announced 16 new COVID-19 deaths, for a total of 559 virus-related fatalities.
There are currently 9,329 active cases in the province, with 11,526 under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.
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The first 4,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine that BC is receiving next week will go to workers in long-term care homes and other healthcare workers on the front lines.
Over the next six months, the vaccine will be prioritized for long-term care residents, seniors, shelter residents, and Indigenous communities, as well as other essential workers such as firefighters, police, teachers, grocery store workers, and food processing plant staff.
Thursday’s COVID-19 update is scheduled to begin at 3 pm PST and can be streamed online.