British Columbia health officials reported 429 new cases – including 27 in Island Health – and eight deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
The number of confirmed cases in B.C. climbs to 68,366 while the province’s death toll now stands at 1,218.
Of the new cases, 112 were recorded in Vancouver Coastal Health, 202 were in Fraser Health, 27 were in Island Health, 51 were in Interior Health, and 35 in Northern Health.
There are currently 4,542 active cases in the province, 294 people in hospital — 82 of whom are in intensive care — and 7,080 people under active public health monitoring due to possible exposure to an identified case.
A total of 61,129 people in B.C. have recovered from COVID-19.
There have been 140,452 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., of which 5,097 are second doses.
“We’re seeing an encouraging trend in our COVID-19 curve. The efforts you are making, combined with the immunization of our long-term care residents and workers, are making a difference,” Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, said in a statement issued to the media Tuesday.
According to the latest data provided by Island Health, there are currently 239 active cases on Vancouver Island — one fewer case since the province’s last update on Feb. 1.
There are currently 58 (+8) active cases on southern Vancouver Island, 173 (+3) on central Vancouver Island and 9 (-4) on northern Vancouver Island.
Seventeen people are currently in hospital — six of whom are in critical care — and 1,392 people on Vancouver Island have recovered from COVID-19.
Over the course of the pandemic, the Island Health region has reported 1,658 cases and 19 deaths.
Southern Vancouver Island includes the Greater Victoria region, Southern Gulf Islands and the Port Renfrew area.
Central Vancouver Island includes the Cowichan Valley, Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville, Port Alberni and Tofino areas.
Northern Vancouver Island goes from the Comox Valley to Port Hardy but also includes surrounding areas like Alert Bay and Sointula.