B.C. had 180 new COVID-19 cases, one death, in past 24 hours

180 new cases, one death

There were 180 new positive COVID-19 tests in British Columbia in the past 24 hours, including 39 in the Interior.

The new cases bring the total positive tests in the province to 146,176, but there remains 1,880 active cases. Active cases dropped by 30 since Thursday.

The majority of Friday's new cases, 59 per cent, came from the Fraser Health region, while Interior cases made up a little more than 21 per cent.

COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped by 14 since Thursday, to 162, and 45 of these people are being treated in ICU.

One more COVID-positive person has died in B.C., bringing the total deaths to 1,730. In the Interior, there remains 152 COVID-19 deaths to date.

There are 382 active COVID-19 cases in the Interior. Twelve Interior residents remain hospitalized with the virus, seven of whom are in ICU.

A new long-term care home outbreak was declared Friday at the Rotary Manor Dawson Creek.

Another 70,478 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the past 24 hours, bringing the total doses to 3,893,581. Of these 497,932 have been second doses.

As of Friday, 75.1. per cent of all adults in B.C. and 73.1 per cent of those 12 and older have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Those who haven't registered for their vaccine can do so here.

Phase 2 of B.C.'s restart plan is expected to come in effect next week.

“As long as we increase our contacts in a slow and measured way, register and get fully vaccinated, and continue to use our layers of protection, we can confidently move forward with BC’s Restart plan," Dr. Bonnie Henry said in a statement Friday.

“What we have seen is that getting fully immunized with your first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine is making the difference, helping to dramatically slow the spread in our communities.

“Right now, invitations for second doses are starting at eight weeks, with appointments bookings in most locations two to three weeks later. The federal government has also confirmed a significant additional shipment of Moderna later this month."

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