British Columbia health officials announced 485 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 65,719.
In a written statement, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that broken down by health region, this equates to 115 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 210 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 45 in the Island Health region, 83 in the Interior Health region, 32 in the Northern Health region, and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
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There are 4,299 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 303 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 74 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
Currently, 6,520 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.
There have been four new COVID-19-related deaths, for a total of 1,172 deaths in British Columbia.
A total of 58,778 individuals who tested positive have now recovered, and to date, 124,365 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC, 4,160 of which are second doses.
“One year ago today, the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in our province. Since that day, the impact has been severe; people have become seriously ill and died, our lives have been disrupted and health-care workers everywhere have faced challenges at a scale never experienced before,” stated officials.
“When we are tired, it is easy to let things slip and let our guard down. Yet this only gives the virus a chance to spread a bit more. In these days – when COVID-19 vaccinations are starting, but for most of us are still weeks or months away – the actions we take may seem small, but will have a big impact to stop the virus in its tracks.”