More than 400 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in British Columbia over the past 24 hours.
In a statement released to the media Wednesday afternoon, health officials reported 427 new cases, including 18 in Island Health, and three deaths since their last update on Feb. 16.
One of the new deaths was in Island Health, according to the BCCDC.
The total number of cases recorded in B.C. now stands at 74,710 while the death toll climbs to 1,317.
Of the new cases, 90 were recorded in Vancouver Coastal Health, 236 were in Fraser Health, 18 were in Island Health, 47 were in Interior Health, and 31 were in Northern Health.
There are currently 4,150 active cases in the province, 232 people in hospital — 63 of whom are in intensive care — and 7,238 people under active public health monitoring due to possible exposure to an identified case.
On a positive note, 69,167 people have recovered and a total of 176,015 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 26,030 of which are second doses.
According to the Island Health’s dashboard, there are 148 active cases in the region — 40 in south Island, 98 in central Island and 10 in north Island.
There are currently 18 people in the Island Health region in hospital due to COVID, six of whom are in intensive care.
A total of 848 new tests have been performed in the region in the past 24 hours.
Over the course of the pandemic, there have been 2,027 confirmed cases on Vancouver Island, 1,830 recoveries and 23 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.
More to come