B.C. had 456 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths, in past 24 hours

456 new cases, two deaths

In the past 24 hours, 456 more British Columbians were diagnosed with COVID-19, including 30 in the Interior Health region.

The new cases bring the total positive tests in the province to 78,278, but there remains 4,668 active cases of the virus in B.C. Active cases dropped by 11 since Tuesday.

Of these, 237 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 – down by one since Tuesday – and 64 of these patients are in ICU.

Another 7,924 people are self-isolating after coming into contact with a COVID-positive person.

Two more British Columbians have died from the disease, bringing the province's total deaths to 1,338.

No new outbreaks were declared, while the outbreak at Vernon's Creekside Landing long-term care home was officially declared over. In total, 25 residents and 15 staff at the care home contracted the virus, and two residents died.

In the past day, 6,521 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered, for a total of 230,875 doses administered to date. Of these, 62,608 have been second doses.

“Just as our healthcare system has risen to the challenge of protecting and caring for people who have become ill with this virus, so too are countless others working hard to get people immunized as quickly and safely as possible,” Dr. Bonnie Henry said in a statement.

“Vaccinating our entire population is a monumental task that must account for the diversity of our geography and our population. We must consider how to safely deliver vaccine to rural and remote communities, how to connect with seniors and Elders everywhere, and how to ensure the process to get immunized is as simple as possible. We are pushing hard right now, and we must continue to balance speed with the need for careful thought and planning.”

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