Thursday's COVID report presentation featured a reversal of the last few days, with a large spike upwards in new reported cases passing the 600 mark on the day,
“Today, we are reporting 622 new cases, for a total of 90,049 cases in British Columbia.
There are 4,941 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 9,620 people under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. A further 83,613 people who tested positive have recovered.
Of the active cases, 286 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 85 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
There have been eight new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,419 deaths in British Columbia."
Across British Columbia, the regional Health Authority's relayed the following case counts for the day:
184 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 317 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 35 in the Island Health region, 30 in the Interior Health region.
There were 54 new cases reported in the Northern Health region, which brings the Northern BC total to 5,361 since January 2020.
As well, there were two new cases of COVID-19 related to people in British Columbia who reside outside of Canada.
Variant cases also continue to make for a concerning situation in the province.
There have been 136 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern in our province, for a total of 1,132 cases. Of the total cases, 143 are active and the remaining people have recovered. This includes 1,040 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 41 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 51 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant.
The vaccination program in British Columbia continues to find some momentum.
To date, 465,584 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 87,120 of which are second doses. Vaccine appointment bookings are open for people over 81 today and for people 80 and older tomorrow, along with Indigenous peoples over 65
In Prince Rupert, the appointment process is now open to anyone in the city over the age of 18 who wishes to be vaccinated, with the last day to make a phone call to the clinic reservation line coming up on Sunday.
Today also saw the BC Government outline the various priority cases that will be able to access a COVID-19 vaccination in BC as the program accelerates.
More notes on Thursday's provincial report can be reviewed here.
|BC CDC Data for BC For March 18 2021|
|BC CDC Data for Northern Health region For March 18 2021|
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.
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