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Single-day COVID-19 cases jump to 617 in B.C.

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:07 PST, Thu February 18, 2021

B.C. has recorded a six-week high of 617 new COVID-19 cases since yesterday.

The number comes after weeks of daily cases averaging between 400 and 500 a day. Four of today’s cases are epidemiologically linked, and the province’s total has reached 75,327.

Of the new cases, 146 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 342 in the Fraser Health region, 19 in the Island Health region, 17 in the Interior Health region, 92 in the Northern Health region and one new case of a person who resides outside of Canada.

In addition to the increase, several other statistics also rose: there are 4,348 active cases, an increase of about 200 from yesterday’s number, and the number of people under public health monitoring also rose by about 200 to 7,440.

Despite the increase in new cases, hospitalizations continue to fall, with 224 people hospitalized with the virus today and 60 of those people in intensive care. There were four new deaths related to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

To date, 180,691 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 29,952 of which are second doses.

There were two new healthcare facility outbreaks announced and one declared over, leaving 13 active outbreaks in long-term care or assisted living facilities and six in acute care facilities.

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: www.bccdc.ca/ or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

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