Health officials in British Columbia are scheduled to give a live update on COVID-19 on Wednesday afternoon.
The announcement comes after 566 new coronavirus cases were declared on Tuesday, bringing the provincially recorded total to 38,718.
There are 9,315 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 352 individuals currently hospitalized with the virus, 74 of whom are in intensive care. A total of 16 new deaths were also announced, for a total of 543 virus-related fatalities.
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Wednesday’s update will also include information on COVID-19 vaccine procedures in the province.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry will be in attendance, alongside Health Minister Adrian Dix, Premier John Horgan, and Dr. Ross Brown, who is leading BC’s COVID-19 vaccine program.
Henry emphasized earlier that this will be a small start to the larger roll-out expected in the coming months. The priority, to begin with, will be protecting the most vulnerable British Columbians, including seniors and healthcare workers.
She added that there won’t be enough of the vaccine available to significantly impact community transmissions, and public health and safety measures will still need to be followed.
Wednesday’s live update will also be streamed online and is expected to begin at 3:30 pm.