B.C. reports record-high 566 new COVID-19 cases in Island Health, 3,798 across Province

B.C. reports record-high 566 new COVID-19 cases in Island Health, 3,798 across Province
Province of BC

British Columbia health officials are reporting 3,798 new cases of COVID-19 for the entire province on Wednesday with a record-high 566 linked to the Island Health region.

Including today’s record number, the Island Health region is reporting a total of 3,631 active COVID-19 cases.

In a statement released to the media, Dr. Bonnie Henry says that 317 are in hospital with 83 people in critical care as a result of the virus. There are currently 29,967 active cases in British Columbia, which is over 10,000 the number of active cases at the end of last week.

Since Tuesday’s numbers, there have been 840 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,739 in the Fraser Health region, 566 in the Island Health region, 473 in the Interior Health region, 179 in the Northern Health region and one new cases for people who reside outside of Canada.

There have been no additional deaths related to the virus in the past 24 hours. That keeps the provincial death total over the course of the pandemic to 2,427.

Also as of Wednesday, the total number of cases in British Columbia over the course of the pandemic has reached 270,508.

As for the Province’s total vaccination program, B.C. has now administered a total of 9,502,325 doses of COVID-19 immunizations.

Health officials say that equates to first doses for 92.4 per cent of all eligible adult British Columbians and 92 per cent of all eligible people 12 and older.

In addition, 89.7 per cent of all eligible adults have received their second dose, totalling 3,881,820 residents and 23.1 per cent of the population has received a third dose (997,224 people).

According to Health Minister Dix, 136,152 vaccinations have been administered to children between the ages of 5 and 11, while 179,556 have registered for B.C.’s vaccination program.

From Dec. 28 to Jan. 3, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 16.2% of cases and from Dec. 21 to Jan. 3, they accounted for 51.4% of hospitalizations.

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