British Columbia health officials announced 508 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 63,484.
In a written statement, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that broken down by health region, this equates to 132 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 228 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 13 in the Island Health region, 79 in the Interior Health region, 55 in the Northern Health region, and one new case of a person who resides outside of Canada.
There are 4,479 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 315 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 74 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
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Currently, 6,719 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.
There have been nine new COVID-19-related deaths, for a total of 1,128 deaths in British Columbia. There have also been new outbreaks at Royal Inland Hospital, Royal Columbian Hospital, and the North Fraser Pretrial Services Centre.
A total of 56,455 people who tested positive have now recovered from the virus, and to date, 110,566 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC – 2,202 of which are second doses.
“Today, BC’s province-wide COVID-19 Immunization Plan was shared,” said Henry. “This approach will ensure those who are highest risk of severe illness and death receive the vaccine first.
In the meantime, “we need to remember our risk remains high right now, even as we protect more and more people with vaccine. We are not at the point where we can lift restrictions in our community or long-term care.”