BC health officials announce 682 new COVID-19 cases, one additional death

Mar 23 2021, 4:39 pm

British Columbia health officials announced 682 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 93,253.

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 229 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 333 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 19 in the Island Health region, 76 in the Interior Health region, 23 in the Northern Health region, and two new cases of people who reside outside of Canada. Of note, 36 of the newly reported Interior Health cases are historic cases from 2020 identified through a data review.

There are 5,409 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 9,488 people under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

Of the active cases, 314 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 83 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 death, for a total of 1,438 deaths in British Columbia.

There have been 144 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern in the province, for a total of 1,510 cases. Of the total cases, 171 are active and the remaining people have recovered. This includes 1,357 cases of the B.1.1.7 (UK) variant, 43 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant, and 110 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant.

A further 86,307 people who tested positive have recovered.

To date, 557,508 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in BC, 87,168 of which are second doses. Vaccine appointment bookings are now open for people 77 or older and Indigenous peoples over 55.

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