Health officials to give live COVID-19 update on Monday afternoon

Jan 18 2021, 8:33 am

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

The announcement will include several reporting periods. It follows a total of 509 new coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 60,117.

There are currently 4,604 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. Additionally, there are 349 individuals currently hospitalized with the virus, 68 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

A reported 7,132 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases, and there have been nine new COVID-19-related deaths. To date, there have been 1,047 deaths in BC.

A total of 53,115 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have now recovered, and 75,914 have received a COVID-19 vaccine in BC thus far.

Last Thursday, health officials also confirmed the first case of the South African COVID-19 variant in the province, as well as additional cases of the UK variant.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that the individual who contracted the South African variant was “not known to be travelling or to have a connection with a traveller.”

Health officials are currently investigating how the person may have caught the virus.

“It is, of course, concerning that we don’t know where this arose,” Henry said during a live update. “However, at the moment, it does not appear to have spread within the community beyond the person we identified.”

Monday’s update can be streamed online.

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