BC health officials to give live COVID-19 update on Monday afternoon

Feb 8 2021, 9:29 am

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

The announcement will include three reporting periods. It follows a total of 417 new coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 69,716.

There are currently 4,423 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. Additionally, there are 253 individuals currently hospitalized with the virus, 70 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

A reported 6,886 people are under active public health monitoring due to identified exposure to known cases, and there have been six new COVID-19-related deaths. To date, there have been 1,246 deaths in BC.

A total of 62,567 people who tested positive have now recovered, and to date, 149,564 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC, 10,366 of which are second doses.

Last week, BC extended its province-wide COVID-19 ban on gatherings and events indefinitely.

The orders, which include a ban on indoor and outdoor private gatherings, community events, travel, and variants of adult sports, first came into effect on November 19, 2020, and extended three times since.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry did not provide a specific date as to when the orders may be revisited or lifted, a move she explained was intentional.

“We need time to understand if these positive things that we’re seeing are going to allow us to take away some of the restrictions we have in place now,” she said. “That’s why I’m leaving it open-ended and not putting an end date on the orders that are in place now.”

She hinted that if transmission of the virus continues to decrease, youth sports, faith services, and safe six bubbles could return by the end of the month.

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