BC health officials report 427 new COVID-19 cases, three more deaths

Feb 17 2021, 3:34 pm

British Columbia health officials announced 427 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 74,710.

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 90 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 236 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 18 in the Island Health region, 47 in the Interior Health region, 31 in the Northern Health region and five new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

There are 4,150 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 232 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 63 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

Currently, 7,238 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

There have been three new COVID-19-related deaths, for a total of 1,317 deaths in British Columbia.

A total of 69,167 people who tested positive have now recovered, and to date, 176,015 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC, 26,030 of which are second doses.

“Researchers continue to monitor and track our progress, to learn from the unique situation that the pandemic has created here in BC and around the world,” the statement said. “Keeping our communities and each other strong is about taking care of our physical health and mental well-being, and supporting those around us to do the same.”

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