British Columbia Records 737 New COVID-19 Cases, 2 More Deaths

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British Columbia Records 737 New COVID-19 Cases, 2 More Deaths


British Columbia health officials announced 737 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths on Friday.
This is the second-highest daily case tally since Jan. 7, when the province recorded 761 cases.

In a written statement, Provincial Health Administrator Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix estimated the number of inpatients at 292 people, 85 of whom are in intensive care.

Hospitalizations are at their highest level since February 2, when 294 people were hospitalized, and are up 35% in one month.

More than half of the new cases are in the Fraser Health Region, which has confirmed 426 cases.

The province now has 5,207 active cases – the highest level since January 11 – and public health is monitoring 9,412 people across British Columbia who are isolated due to exposure to COVID-19.

A total of 1,421 people in British Columbia have lost their lives to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

Record 24k vaccines administered

British Columbia has now administered 490,022 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, of which 97,139 are second doses.

More than 24,000 people received a dose on Thursday, the highest number yet.

The province has also confirmed 68 new cases of variants, for a total of 1,200. Of that total, 149 are active and the remainder have recovered.

The variant tally includes 1,094 cases of the B117 variant linked for the first time in the UK, 41 cases of the B1351 variant that surfaced in South Africa and 65 cases of the P1 variant identified in Brazil.

More than 84,000 people who tested positive have recovered.

British Columbia has not seen any new outbreaks in health care facilities. Officials say the outbreak at Holmberg House Hospice in Abbotsford, British Columbia, is now over.

Updated immunization schedule

Friday marked the first day people aged 80 and over can book vaccine appointments.

The next age cohort on the list, which includes people 79 and older, as well as Indigenous people 55 and older, will be able to call to make an appointment for a vaccine starting Saturday.

On Thursday, the province announced that more than 300,000 frontline workers in C. plan.

The Department of Health said people in priority groups will receive their first dose of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine in April.

Dix said the age-based rollout is ahead of schedule and that the progress, combined with the incoming AstraZeneca vaccine supply, means the province can act to immunize those working in specific frontline industries. .

Henry and Dix reminded workers on Friday that health officials will contact employers to arrange vaccinations. They said calling the age-based reservation line will not grant access to AstraZeneca vaccines.

“We are working with whatever supply we have to maximize our protection and we are using every drop,” Henry and Dix said in a statement.

“We also need to focus on the individual actions we need more than ever to keep each other and our families and communities safe.”

The province also announced more details on Thursday about the accelerated time frame for people receiving their vaccine based on their age. The new schedule shows 18 to 59 year olds all eligible at the end of June.

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