British Columbia health officials announced 531 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 85,650.
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 147 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 291 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 19 in the Island Health region, 42 in the Interior Health region, and 32 in the Northern Health region.
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There are 4,861 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 9,051 people under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.
Of the active cases, 244 individuals are 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.
There has been one new COVID-19-related deaths, for a total of 1,394 deaths in British Columbia.
There have been 51 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern, for a total of 627 cases. Of the total cases, 109 are active and the remaining people have recovered. This includes 580 cases of the B.1.1.7 (UK) variant, 33 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 14 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant.
A total of 79,309 people who tested positive have recovered, and to date, 355,340 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC, 86,960 of which are second doses.