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B.C. confirms 2,491 new cases of COVID-19, for total of 126,249

There were 17 new deaths over the weekend
Bonnie Henry January 22
There are now 126,249 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in B.C. after health officials announced 2,491 new cases Monday.

There are now 126,249 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in B.C. after health officials announced 2,491 new cases Monday.

From Friday to Saturday there were 881 new cases, from Saturday to Sunday there were 847 and from Sunday to Monday there were 763. 

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reports that there have been 466 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,632 in the Fraser Health region, 82 in the Island Health region, 206 in the Interior Health region, 104 in the Northern Health Region and one new case in a person who resides outside of Canada.

There is no update on the variants of concern in the province. 

There has been one new healthcare outbreak at Orchard Haven (Interior).

There have been 17 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,571 deaths in British Columbia. 

There are 8,199 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 12,340 people under public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. A further 116,241 people who tested positive have recovered.

Of the active cases, 484 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 158 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

1,635,372 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C.; 89,035 of these are second doses. 

“For each person who gets vaccinated, we are all safer. When your turn comes up for one of the three vaccines, it is your turn to go. We strongly urge you to book your appointment as soon as you can. This is one of the important ways for you to do your part," added Henry.

“We all need to stay within our local community and not travelling for recreation or vacation between or within the three regional zones set out in the non-essential travel order.

“Any travel to another community for anything that is not essential puts you, your family and the communities you are visiting at risk.

“Communities – especially smaller communities with limited health-care services – are asking for your support and assistance to slow the spread of COVID-19 by staying away, even if it is to go to a second home.

“Let’s stay close to home and follow all the provincial health and public safety orders all the time. Let’s always use our safety layers and get vaccinated as soon as we are eligible. This is what will help us reduce the burden on our health-care system and get us closer to a better summer.”