BC health officials to give written COVID-19 update on Wednesday

Feb 17 2021, 8:30 am

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

The announcement follows Tuesday’s live update, which included four reporting periods. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced a total of 1,533 new test-positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of recorded cases in BC to 74,283.

During a press conference, Henry said there were 452 cases reported from Friday to Saturday, 431 from Saturday to Sunday, 348 from Sunday to Monday, and 302 from Monday to Tuesday.

There are currently 4,189 active cases of COVID-19 in BC, with 7,136 people under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

Currently, 231 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 74 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

There were also 26 more deaths over the weekend, bringing the virus-related death toll to 1,314.

On Tuesday, the provincial government also extended the provincial state of emergency that has been in effect since mid-March.

“The fight against COVID-19 has been a long and difficult one, and I am proud of what British Columbians have accomplished to flatten the curve and protect our healthcare system,” said BC Premier John Horgan.

“The beginning of our mass vaccination program is just weeks away, and healthcare workers have already vaccinated virtually everyone in our long-term care system.”

At the same time, he said, “we need to keep following public health orders, knowing they will keep us safe as we work to end the pandemic in BC.”

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