British Columbia health officials announced 564 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 62,976.
In a written statement, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that broken down by health region, this equates to 111 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 234 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 47 in the Island Health region, 95 in the Interior Health region, 76 in the Northern Health region and one new case of a person who resides outside of Canada.
There are 4,450 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 309 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 68 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
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Currently, 6,816 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.
There have been 15 new COVID-19-related deaths, for a total of 1,119 deaths in British Columbia.
To date, 104,901 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC, 1,680 of which are second doses.
A further 56,010 people who tested positive have now recovered.
“Despite our COVID-19 curve trending in the right direction, we continue to have new outbreaks, community clusters and high numbers of new cases,” said Henry. “COVID-19 continues to spread widely in our communities. “We need to do everything we can to break the chain of transmission. Right now is the time to do that.”