Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Tuesday COVID update from Province tops 1500 new cases of coronavirus, 26 deaths over four day period

While British Columbians were celebrating the Family Day weekend with those within in their bubble, health officials across the province were tabulating a weekend of COVID case reports, with higher numbers to report from the start of the weekend, compared to the end.

At an information session this afternoon, Doctor Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix relayed the latest data on the current cases, as well as some notes on growing concern over variants.

They also updated the progress in BC when it comes to the province's vaccination strategy.

“Today, we are reporting on four periods. From Feb. 12 to 13, we had 452 new cases. From Feb. 13 to 14, we had 431 new cases. From Feb. 14 to 15, we had 348 new cases and in the last 24-hours, we had a further 302 new cases. 

This results in a total of 1,533 new cases, including six epi-linked cases over the previous four days, for a total of 74,283 cases in British Columbia. 

There are 4,189 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 231 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 74 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation. 

Currently, 7,138 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and a further 68,705 people who tested positive have recovered. 

There have been 26 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,314 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost loved ones to COVID-19."

As we noted earlier today, Prince Rupert residents also received more sad news from he ongoing outbreak at Acropolis Manor, where two more residents were reported as having passed over the weekend, which brings the Prince Rupert total to fourteen of the long term care facility to have passed away since the outbreak began in mid Janaury. 

Across the province, the various health authority's reported the following information:

392 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 856 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 58 in the Island Health region, 92 in the Interior Health region.

There were 135 cases of COVID reported  in the Northern Health region, making for a total of 4,104 positive cases since the virus was first reported in January of 2020.

There were no new cases of  COVID reported from people in the province who reside outside of Canada. 

The update on vaccinations for Tuesday observed that to date, 171,755 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 22,914 of which are second doses.  

They also outlined how they plan to move forward with the vaccination program with the arrival of increased deliveries to health officials.

“This week, we will start to see increased deliveries of COVID-19 vaccine. While this is encouraging, our supply remains limited and we are continuing to defer second doses for most people until we have greater, more stable supply. 

Vaccines stimulate our immune system to protect us from viruses like COVID-19. These new vaccines are proving to be highly effective even with one dose – upwards of 89% effective in B.C. residents in long-term care. “As we ramp up our immunization program once again, we have to remember today’s new cases are a result of our actions two weeks ago. But more importantly, the precautions we take today will define how we fare two weeks from now. 

What we do makes a difference and every day counts. This means staying the course with our layers of protection and continuing to follow the public health restrictions and guidance we have right now.”

The two top public health officials also made note of the range of variant cases currently being found in British Columbia. 

“To date, we have had 60 confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants of concern: 40 of the B.1.1.7 (UK), 19 of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variants and one B.1.525 (Nigeria)."

BC CDC Data for British Columbia as of February 16, 2021

BC CDC Data for Northern Health as of February 16, 2021

The BC Centre for Disease control has some valuable Coronavirus notes related to COVID-19 you can explore that information here.

You can learn more about the outbreak from both the Province and the Federal government from the links below:

Federal Government site

British Columbia Government site

The World Health Organization website also offers up the latest advisories on the global situation.

More from  Northern Health can be reviewed here 

You can review our archive of past statements and local information here.   

Local governments and organizations have also provided for increased awareness of COVID-19 issues, those past advisories  can be reviewed here.

For notes from across Canada and British Columbia we have been archiving the latest items through our political portal Darcy McGee

Ottawa Observations

Victoria Viewpoints


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