BC announces 56 new coronavirus cases; 15 in Interior Health

56 new cases, no deaths

The provincial government has announced 56 new coronavirus cases, including 15 in the Interior Health region, as daily case counts continue a sharp drop.

The new cases bring B.C.’s total since the pandemic began to 147,187 cases, although just 1,150 cases remain active. There are still 111 people hospitalized with the virus in B.C., including 41 in the ICU.

There were no new deaths announced Tuesday.

There have now been 4.5 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine administered in B.C., with just over one million of those being second doses. That means 77.7 per cent of adults and 76.2 per cent of those aged 12 and up have received at least one dose.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry delivered the update Tuesday from Prince George, where she is meeting with officials with Northern Health.

Dr. Henry said the province’s vaccine program currently has greater supply of the Moderna vaccine rather than Pfizer. She said they are striving to keep both version of the vaccine in supply at clinics, but that will not always be possible.

She said the two mRNA vaccines are safe to use interchangeably, calling them “the same vaccines” just packaged differently.

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