Wednesday, March 24, 2021

COVID cases jump over the 700 mark again, vaccine program continues to roll on and expand in BC

Another day of COVID reports showing an increase, with the Fraser Health region of the Lower Mainland once again capturing nearly more than half of today's 700 plus new cases. Today's information statement from Doctor Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix also noted of the continued momentum for the provincial vaccination program.

“Today, we are reporting 716 new cases, including two epi-linked cases, for a total of 93,969 cases in British Columbia. 

There are 5,573 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 9,696 people under public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. A further 86,857 people who tested positive have recovered. 

Of the active cases, 303 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 85 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.  “There have been three new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,441 deaths in British Columbia.

Across the province, the Health Authority reports were as follows for the day: 230 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 383 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 21 in the Island Health region, 38 in the Interior Health region, 

There were 42 new cases reported in the Northern Health region, which brings the Northern BC total to date to 5,641 cases since January of 2020. 
Two new cases of COVID were reported in British Columbia by people who reside outside of Canada. 

On the variant watch, health officials made note of 71 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern in our province, for a total of 1,581 cases. Of the total cases, 148 are active and the remaining people have recovered. 

This includes 1,397 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 44 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 140 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant. 

When it comes to the provinces vaccination program the results  to date show,  582,634 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 87,180 of which are second doses. Vaccine appointment bookings are now open for people 76 or older, and Indigenous peoples over 55. “There have been three new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,441 deaths in British Columbia. 

Doctor Henry and Mr. Dix also noted some other themes on the vaccination rollout.

 “Just as our COVID-19 pandemic response has required a ‘whole-of-province’ effort, so too does our COVID-19 immunization program. 

Together, hundreds of public health experts, physicians, nurses and other health-care professionals are leading the efforts to safely get vaccine into as many arms as possible, as quickly as we can. 

We have seen much progress in recent weeks. The timing for our age-based program has been accelerated, front-line workers will soon be immunized and now, people who are clinically extremely vulnerable with complex and challenging health conditions will also be able to get immunized. 

Starting next Monday, March 29, people who receive a clinically extremely vulnerable letter will also be able to book vaccine appointments."

Further notes on Wednesday's report can be reviewed here

BC CDC Data for BC For March 24 2021

BC CDC Data for Northern BC For March 23 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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