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Spike in COVID cases in Coastal Health region

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:52 PST, Fri February 12, 2021

The number of new daily cases of COVID-19 continues to remain steady in B.C., with the 445 reported today by health officials consistent over the past week.

But after dropping to 93 yesterday from the 100 reported Wednesday, there was a spike in the Vancouver Coastal Health region with 135 new cases. There were 218 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 15 in the Island Health region, 44 in the Interior Health region, 30 in the Northern Health region, and three in people who normally live out of Canada.

There have now been 72,750 cases of COVID-19 in B.C. since the pandemic began just over a year ago. Of the total, 4,347 remain active cases, with 226 people hospitalized (61 of whom are in critical care). A further 7,035 are being monitored and 67,008 have now been determined as having recovered.

Sadly, there were 10 more deaths—most seniors in long-term care—since Thursday. COVID-19 has now claimed 1,288 lives in the province.

Since starting to vaccinate British Columbians in December, there has now been 162,982 doses administered but only 17,562 second doses.

“We’ve had a very limited vaccine supply in the past few weeks,” provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry told media today. “Next week Pfizer deliveries will start to resume at much higher levels, and a significant bump in supply is expected in the coming weeks.”

Henry said there has been a noticeable decrease in outbreaks and transmission in long-term care and assisted living facilities, suggesting it is “clear evidence of the effectiveness of vaccines.”

She implored British Columbians to “stay the course” this Family Day long weekend.

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