There are now 54,629 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in B.C. after health officials announced 428 new cases Tuesday.
Two of the new cases are epi-linked.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reports that there have been 90 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 223 in the Fraser Health region, nine in the Island Health region, 61 in the Interior Health region, 45 in the Northern Health Region and no new cases from people who reside outside of Canada.
To date, 28,209 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in British Columbia.
There has been one new health-care facility outbreak at St. Paul’s Hospital.
"A public alert has been issued for the Revelstoke region, where community transmission and new cases of COVID-19 have increased substantially in recent days," said Henry. "The alert is a caution for all of us to continue to follow public health guidelines and restrictions."
There have been eight new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 954 deaths in British Columbia.
Of the total COVID-19 cases, 367 individuals are hospitalized, 77 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation. Currently, 8,596 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.
There are 6,472 active cases of COVID-19 and 45,999 people who tested positive have recovered.
Public alerts and notifications are posted on the BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) website and on all health authorities’ websites.
Daily coronavirus (COVID-19) update for B.C.
“We were able to slow the increase of new cases in mid-December and we want to continue that trend, but the number of new cases and deaths across the province remains high," said Henry.
“The more people we see, the higher our risks are, which is why keeping our groups small and using our layers of protection is so important right now."
Health officials also remind you to arrange to get tested as quickly as possible, if you develop symptoms of COVID-19. Contact 811, your health-care provider or to find testing information, visit here.
“With each day that we do our part, we are protecting our friends, families and communities, knowing that the vaccine is now helping to bolster our efforts. Together, we will get through this storm.”