BC health officials announce 498 new COVID-19 cases, four new deaths

Mar 17 2021, 4:40 pm

British Columbia health officials announced 498 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 89,427.

In a joint written statement, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said that broken down by health region, this equates to 128 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 291 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 12 in the Island Health region, 31 in the Interior Health region, 36 in the Northern Health region, and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

There are 4,851 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 9,472 people under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

Of the active cases, 281 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 83 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

No new information about variants of concern was made available Wednesday because of a lab sequencing issue. To date there have been 996 infections that were confirmed to be variants of concern in BC.

There have been four new COVID-19-related deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing BC’s death toll to 1,411.

To date, 444,140 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the province, 87,093 of which are second doses.

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