BC health officials to provide written COVID-19 update on Tuesday

Jan 26 2021, 9:12 am

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

The announcement follows Monday’s live update, which included three reporting periods. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced a total of 1,344 new test-positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of recorded cases in BC to 64,828.

There were 527 cases reported from Friday to Saturday, 471 from Saturday to Sunday, and 346 from Sunday to Monday. Over the weekend 26 deaths were also reported.

There are currently 4,392 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 6,607 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

Currently, 328 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 68 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

While BC has “plateaued” at around 500 new cases of COVID-19 a day over the past couple of weeks, Henry added that now is not the time for people to let their guards down.

“Less is where we need to go, and I need your help to get there,” she said. “Easing the public health restrictions in our province relies on what we do now.”

With files from Eric Zimmer.

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