B.C. reports 2,550 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, 415 in Island Health

B.C. reports 2,550 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, 415 in Island Health

British Columbia health officials have reported 2,550 new cases and three new deaths from COVID-19 over the weekend as the pandemic continues its resurgence across the globe.

The Ministry of Health has confirmed 911 new cases between Friday and Saturday, 832 cases between Saturday and Sunday and 807 new cases between Sunday and Monday.

The number of confirmed cases in B.C. climbs to 228,335 while the province’s death toll now stands at 2,402.

There are 5,435 active cases currently in the province, with 185 of those people in hospital and 77 in intensive care.

Of the new cases, 909 were recorded in Vancouver Coastal Health, 877 were in Fraser Health, 415 in Island Health, 268 in Interior Health, and 81 in Northern Health.

A total of 220,348 people in B.C. have recovered from COVID-19 while 9,165,398 doses of vaccine have been administered province-wide.

The province did not provide updated figures on the number of Omicron cases Monday, saying it would provide that information in Tuesday’s update.

There are currently 1,021 active COVID-19 cases in the Island Health region, though Island Health’s own active case count is 829 due to differences in reporting timeframes.

Of the region’s cases, Island Health reports that the bulk of them are occuring on the South Island (448), with 198 on the Central Island and 183 on the North Island.

In the face of rapidly rising case counts, officials including Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, Health Minister Adrian Dix and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth have scheduled a news conference Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

They indicated Tuesday could bring fresh restrictions, off the heels of last week’s announcement introducing limits on indoor gatherings, large indoor events, New Year’s Eve parties and sports tournaments.

“Public health is monitoring the increase in cases in British Columbia and developments in other jurisdictions, and will outline additional COVID-19 measures during Tuesday’s regular media briefing,” their statement said.




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