B.C. reports 17 new COVID-19 deaths over the weekend

B.C. reports 17 new COVID-19 deaths over the weekend

British Columbia health officials are reporting 2,701 estimated new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend as well as 17 new deaths.

Of the new cases, 783 were reported in Fraser Health, 495 in Vancouver Coastal Health, 676 in Interior Health, 324 in Northern Health and 423 in Island Health.

No active case counts were available for the province or by health authority after B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced last week they would be discontinued, as the province’s limited PCR testing strategy means they are not accurate. Health officials also cautioned that the numbers of new and total cases released Monday were provisional “due to a system-wide downtime.”

B.C.’s COVID-19 case count has risen to 341,286 since the start of the pandemic and the death toll has risen to 2,764.

Hospitalizations dropped to 803 people as of Monday, with 119 of those patients in intensive care.

The province says so far, 90.4 per cent of eligible people five and older have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 85.3 per cent have received their second dose.


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