B.C. reports 768 new COVID-19 cases, including 102 in Island Health, and 11 deaths

B.C. reports 768 new COVID-19 cases, including 102 in Island Health, and 11 deaths

British Columbia health officials have reported 768 new cases and 11 deaths from COVID-19 since their last update on Thursday.

The number of confirmed cases in B.C. climbs to 177,954 while the province’s death toll now stands at 1,888.

Of the new cases, 83 were recorded in Vancouver Coastal Health, 239 were in Fraser Health, 102 in Island Health, 183 in Interior Health, and 161 in Northern Health.

There are currently 6,031 active cases in the province, including 700 active cases in Island Health, and 298 people in hospital — 135 of whom are in intensive care.

A total of 169,653 people in B.C. have recovered from COVID-19 while 7,675,294 doses of vaccine have been administered province-wide.

So far, 86.5 per cent — or 4,008,076 — eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 and 78.9 per cent (3,659,495) have received their second dose.

Meanwhile, Premier John Horgan reiterated Health Minister Adrian Dix’s comments that while the province is willing to help Alberta in its fight against COVID-19, B.C. must keep its health system from becomiong overwhelmed.

Horgan says he’s spoken to Alberta Premier Jason Kenney about the COVID-19 situation and B.C. will help in any way it can.

But Horgan says the focus for B.C. is ensuring that its intensive care units do not become overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients and force the cancellation of more surgeries.

Island Health

The 102 new cases in Island Health marks a new single-day record for new cases in the health authority.

On its COVID-19 dashboard, Island Health reported 619 active cases in the region. The dashboard data can differ from the number of active cases announced by the Ministry of Health due to differences in reporting periods.

That includes:

  • 61 active cases on the North Island
  • 249 active cases on the Central Island
  • 309 active cases on the South Island

With files from The Canadian Press

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