British Columbia health officials are reporting 974 new cases of COVID-19 for the entire province over the last 72 hours with 215 linked to the Island Health region.
The province says that there were 398 new cases reported between Feb. 25 and 26, 297 new cases between Feb. 26 and 27 and 279 new cases reported between Feb. 27 and 28.
In a statement released to the media, Dr. Bonnie Henry says that 549 are in hospital with 85 people in critical care as a result of the virus.
Since last week’s numbers, there have been 100 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 230 in the Fraser Health region, 215 in the Island Health region, 319 in the Interior Health region, 110 in the Northern Health region and zero new cases for people who reside outside of Canada.
There have been 22 additional deaths related to the virus in the past 72 hours, five of which were located in the Island Health region. That brings the provincial death total over the course of the pandemic to 2,873.
Also as of Thursday, the total number of cases in British Columbia over the course of the pandemic has reached 348,305.
As for the Province’s total vaccination program, B.C. has now administered a total of 11,339,815 doses of COVID-19 immunizations.
Health officials say that equates to first doses for 93.6 per cent of all eligible adult British Columbians and 93.3 per cent of all eligible people 12 and older.
In addition, 91.1 per cent of all eligible adults have received their second dose, totalling 3,942,366 residents and 57.7 per cent of the population has received a third dose (2,494,701 people).
Editor’s note: B.C. has abandoned providing data about active cases and access to testing has been limited throughout much of the pandemic.