While British Columbia appears to have levelled off in the reports of daily cases of COVID, settling in now at roughly 400-450 cases per day, so too have Hospitalizations related to the coronavirus, which currently find 224 British Columbians in hospital, 63 of them requiring intensive care attention.
The findings for the day were relayed through a statement for Doctor Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix. “Today, we are reporting 449 new cases, including three epi-linked cases, for a total of 72,305 cases in British Columbia.
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 and a further 66,603 people who tested positive have recovered.
There have been nine new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,278 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost loved ones to COVID-19."
Across the province, the regional Health Authorities relayed the following reports: 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.
There were 37 positive cases reported in the Northern Health region, with the total case count for Northern Health now marked at 3,939.
No new cases of COVID were recorded today among people in BC who reside outside of Canada.
The vaccination notes on the day, observed that 159,887 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 15,684 of which are second doses.
Both Doctor Henry and Health Minister Dix used today's statement to draw attention to the report earlier in the day on the growing level of overdose cases found in BC, as well as to the Moosehide Campaign, which shifted to a virtual commemoration today.
“For many of us, this past year will be remembered for the incredible toll that COVID-19 has taken on our province. But of equal importance is the ongoing overdose emergency that has challenged our province even before the pandemic began.
“Losing more than 1,700 people to the overdose crisis is devastating, and sadly there is no vaccine that will help to end it soon.
To the parents, friends, partners and communities who have lost loved ones, we offer our condolences. We remain committed to supporting people who use drugs and are doing everything we can to address the dual health crises affecting our province.
Today also marks the first virtual Moose Hide Campaign Day. Though we cannot gather in person, we stand together in solidarity to show our commitment to ending violence against women and children."
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