British Columbia health officials announced 634 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 83,107.
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 149 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 365 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 26 in the Island Health region, 33 in the Interior Health region, 60 in the Northern Health region, and one new case of a person who resides outside of Canada.
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There are 4,901 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 8,861 people under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. Of the active cases, 255 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 66 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
There have been four new COVID-19-related deaths, for a total of 1,380 deaths in British Columbia.
There have also been four new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern, for a total of 250 cases. Of the total cases, 12 are active and the remaining people have recovered. This includes 222 cases of the B.1.1.7 (UK) variant and 28 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant.
A further 76,752 people who tested positive have now recovered, and to date, 311,208 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC, 86,865 of which are second doses.
“This has been a week of progress in our COVID-19 response,” the statement said. “In addition to our immunization program, we are regularly reviewing the public health restrictions to assess when we can safely ease them.”
For now, however, “the number of new cases remains higher than where we want it to be.”