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

Jan 20 2021, 5:03 pm

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

The statement follows Tuesday’s announcement, which included 465 new test-positive coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 61,912.

There are currently 4,331 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. Additionally, there are 329 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 6,864 people are under active public health monitoring due to identified exposure to known cases. There have been 12 new COVID-19-related deaths. To date, there have been 1,090 deaths in BC.

A total of 55,099 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have now recovered, and 92,369 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the province.

On Tuesday, Health Minister Adrian Dix also addressed the news that Canada will not be receiving any of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines next week.

During a press conference, he said that this gap in delivery would amount to a difference of 5,800 doses in the province – an amount he called “very significant.”

To put things into context, Dix said this week, BC is expecting about 25 trays of the Pfizer vaccine – each containing 975 doses, for a total of between 24,000 and 25,000 doses.

“Next week, we were expecting only about six trays, equal to the 5,800 doses of Pfizer, which we won’t be receiving,” he explained. “So, for the moment, we are going to make adjustments to our immunization plan in the immediate term to address this news from the federal government.”

With files from Eric Zimmer

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