There are now 98,165 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in B.C. after health officials announced 2,518 new cases Monday.
From Friday to Saturday there were 936 cases, from Saturday to Sunday there were 805, and from Sunday to Monday there were 774.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reports that there have been 816 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,280 in the Fraser Health region, 142 in the Island Health region, 156 in the Interior Health region, 121 in the Northern Health Region and three new cases from people who reside outside of Canada.
There have been 329 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern in B.C., for a total of 2,233 cases. Of the total cases, 413 are active and the remaining people have recovered. This includes 1,915 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 48 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 270 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant.
“To date, 699,092 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 87,289 of which are second doses," said Henry.
There have been six new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,455 deaths in British Columbia.
There have been three new health care facility outbreaks.
Of the total COVID-19 cases, 299 individuals are hospitalized, 79 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
"We are facing a sustained increase in clusters of new cases and outbreaks."
While we are in a different stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, Henry said that "we are facing a sustained increase in clusters of new cases and outbreaks, including increasing cases caused by variants of concern."
Henry added that "This is particularly concerning in the Lower Mainland areas" and requires us to remain vigilant with safety measures.
More to come...