British Columbia health officials announced 449 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 72,305.
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 93 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 242 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 19 in the Island Health region, 58 in the Interior Health region, and 37 in the Northern Health region.
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There are 4,317 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 224 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 63 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
Currently, 6,869 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 1,278 deaths in British Columbia.
A total of 66,603 people who tested positive have now recovered, and to date, 159,887 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC, 15,684 of which are second doses.
“COVID-19 has shed further light on the inequalities that are all too pervasive in our society,” the statement said. “We encourage British Columbians everywhere to be kind and compassionate as the days grow longer and become brighter.”