BC health officials announce 500 new COVID-19 cases

Jan 20 2021, 3:36 pm

British Columbia health officials announced 500 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 62,412.

In a written statement, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that broken down by health region, this equates to 125 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 216 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 32 in the Island Health region, 91 in the Interior Health region, 35 in the Northern Health region, and one new case of a person who resides outside of Canada.

There are 4,345 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 320 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 66 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

Currently, 6,905 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

There have been 14 new COVID-19-related deaths, for a total of 1,104 deaths in British Columbia. Two new healthcare outbreaks have also been reported: Villa Cathay in the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and Acropolis Manor in the Northern Health Authority. There has also been one new community outbreak at the Surrey Pretrial Services Centre.

A total of 55,564 individuals who tested positive have now recovered, and to date, 98,125 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC.

“Our COVID-19 curve is trending in the right direction, and we want to keep that going – to push our curve down, which in turn, will allow us to safely ease restrictions,” said Henry. “We thank everyone for continuing to do their part to stop the spread in our communities and helping all of us to get to the finish line faster.”

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