British Columbia health officials announced 465 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 69,245.
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 98 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 234 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 27 in the Island Health region, 54 in the Interior Health region, and 52 in the Northern Health region.
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There are 4,447 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 257 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 76 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
Currently, 6,943 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.
There have been six new COVID-19-related deaths, for a total of 1,240 deaths in British Columbia.
A total of 62,078 people who tested positive have now recovered, and to date, 145,567 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC – 8,097 of which are second doses.
“As we make plans for the weekend ahead, let’s ensure we don’t make the Super Bowl a superspreading day, by making safe choices,” Henry and Dix said.
“This is especially important given we are still learning about the full impact of the variants of concern now in our communities.”
With each day, “we keep our wall strong and show compassion and kindness to those around us, we can keep the trend going.”