B.C. had 508 new cases of COVID-19, nine deaths, in past 24 hours

508 new cases, nine deaths

New daily COVID-19 cases in British Columbia continue to stay relatively stable, with 508 new cases announced Friday – 79 of which came from the Interior.

The new cases bring the total positive tests in the province to 63,484, but there remains 4,479 active cases – an increase of 29 since Thursday.

An additional 6,719 people are self-isolating after coming into contact with a COVID-positive person.

COVID-19 hospitalizations rose by six since Thursday, to 315, and 74 of these patients are being treated in intensive care.

Nine more British Columbians died from COVID-19, bringing the total deaths since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,128.

A little more than 5,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered in the past 24 hours, bringing the total doses to 110,566, 2,202 of which were second doses.

Outbreaks at two B.C. hospitals were also declared Friday – at Kamloops' Royal Inland Hospital and New Westminster's Royal Columbian Hospital.

A new outbreak was also declared at the North Fraser Pretrial Services Centre, two days after an outbreak was declared at the Surrey Pretrial Services Centre.

Earlier Friday, the province released its COVID vaccination plan for the next several months.

“We must continue to use our COVID-19 layers of protection and do all we can to stop transmission in our communities right now. This includes staying home when we are sick, getting tested, washing our hands, giving a safe distance to others and following our safety basics. It also means staying close to home and only travelling if it is essential. We have seen how travel even within our province can bring the virus from one place to another with ease. If we must travel, then we must, more than ever, continue to use our COVID-19 safety rules,” Dr. Bonnie Henry said in a statement.

“We can break the chains of transmission and bend the curve through our individual actions. This weekend, choose to bend the curve, not the rules.”

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