87 new cases as province hits 5 days below 100 – .

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87 new cases as province hits 5 days below 100 – .


VANCOUVER – British Columbia health officials announced 87 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, marking the fifth consecutive day the province’s daily count has remained below 100.

In a written statement, Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, and Minister of Health Adrian Dix also announced a death related to the coronavirus.

“Our condolences go out to the family, friends and caregivers of those who have died from COVID-19,” Henry and Dix said in their statement.

Currently, there are 1,119 active cases of coronavirus in British Columbia. This total includes 109 people hospitalized, including 41 in intensive care.

Since the start of the pandemic, British Columbia has recorded a total of 147,271 infections and 1,744 deaths from COVID-19.

As of Wednesday, 75.8% of British Columbia residents aged 12 and over had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. In adults 18 years of age and older, the first dose rate is 77.2%.

The province administered 4,570,153 total doses of vaccine, including 1,051,910 second doses. This means that 24.3 percent of adults in British Columbia are now fully vaccinated, as are 22.7 percent of people 12 and older.

“We are making good progress and we must continue,” said Henry and Dix. “For every person who gets vaccinated, this will allow us to gradually make the transition and safely reopen many things that have been put on hold. “

The couple also warned that the coronavirus continues to circulate, even as the number of daily cases continues to decline.

“We always have new cases of community transmission every day,” they said. “That’s why, whether you live in the North, on the Coast or in the interior, we strongly encourage everyone to get fully immunized as soon as you are eligible. “

The largest share of the new cases on Wednesday were not found in Fraser Health Region, which had the highest transmission rates in British Columbia during most of the pandemic, but in Interior Health.

There were 41 new cases at Interior Health on Wednesday, compared to 30 at Fraser Health, 13 at Vancouver Coastal Health, three at Island Health and none at Northern Health.

TWO NEW OUTBREAKS AT HOME

Dix and Henry also announced two new outbreaks of COVID-19, at the Hollyburn House long-term care home in West Vancouver and at Minoru Residence in Richmond.

In separate statements earlier today, Vancouver Coastal Health said two people at each facility tested positive.

Minoru Residence was the site of a deadly coronavirus outbreak during British Columbia’s second wave. Seventy-seven people at the facility tested positive during the outbreak, which began on December 21. Sixty-six of those infected were residents and 17 of them died.

The outbreak at Hollyburn House is also the establishment’s second. The nursing home was among the first in British Columbia to register a case of COVID-19 in March 2020. Only one person – a resident – has tested positive in this outbreak, according to provincial government data. Nobody died.

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