Forty more cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the interior of British Columbia in the past 24 hours.
These new cases, along with 36 historical cases that were retroactively added to the total count, bring the region to 8,127 total cases since the start of the pandemic, of which 343 are currently active.
“The Homeland Health region has seen our daily caseload drop in recent weeks and I thank everyone for doing their part and continuing to follow precautions,” said Dr Albert de Villiers, medical officer of health in head of IH.
“As part of the data cleansing, we added a few historical cases to our total number of cases today. As the roll-out of immunization accelerates, more and more people will benefit from this extra layer of protection, but in the meantime, keep your activities outside. “
There are currently 14 people in IH hospitals due to COVID-19 and six of them are in the intensive care unit.
With no new virus-related deaths to report in the past 24 hours, BC Interior’s COVID-19 death toll remains at 114.
Here is an update from the health authority on its two remaining active outbreaks:
- Cottonwoods Care Center in Kelowna has 23 cases: 20 residents and three employees.
- Unit 5B at Kelowna General Hospital has eight cases: four patients and four staff, with one death linked to the outbreak.
It should also be noted that an additional 2,600 people have been vaccinated in the BC interior since Monday, bringing the total number of people who received at least one dose to 66,138.