BC health officials report 509 new COVID-19 cases, nine additional deaths

Jan 15 2021, 3:36 pm

BC health officials said on Friday that 509 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the province, bringing the provincially recorded total to 60,117.

In a written update, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that by specific health region, this equates to 101 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 260 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 13 in the Island Health region, 86 in the Interior Health region, 49 in the Northern Health region, and no new cases of people who normally reside outside of Canada.

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

Currently, 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, for a total of 1,047 deaths in British Columbia.

To date, 75,914 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in BC.

A total of 53,115 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have now recovered.

BC officials also responded to today’s federal government update announcing that Pfizer will temporarily be reducing its shipments of COVID-19 vaccines to Canada.

“We are disappointed to hear today there will be a short-term delay in the delivery of some of the Pfizer vaccines to British Columbia in the coming weeks as the company upgrades its production facility,” noted Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix in the written statement.

“We are working closely with the federal government to determine how this might impact our immunization rollout in the immediate term, and we will have more to share in the coming days.”

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