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B.C. health officials add 28 new COVID-19 variant cases

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:53 PST, Mon February 22, 2021

B.C. added 28 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 “variants of concern” over the weekend, bringing the overall total of variant cases to 101, health officials said today.

Of the total cases, four are active and the other 97 are considered to have recovered. There have been 81 cases of the so-called United Kingdom variant, 20 of the South African variant and two of the Nigerian variant, the latter of which is under investigation.

Of these confirmed cases, 58 are in Fraser Health, 38 are in Vancouver Coastal Health (including Richmond), four are in Island Heath and three are in the Interior Health region.

"It is important to know that while these COVID-19 variants of concern have shown to transmit more easily, the measures we take to stop the spread are exactly the same as what we have been doing since the start of the pandemic. This is the case whether at work, at school or at home,” said health officials in a statement.

They also reported 1,428 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend: 504 from Friday to Saturday, 475 from Saturday to Sunday and a further 449 in the last 24 hours. B.C.’s cumulative total has now reached 77,263 cases.

Of the new cases, 358 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 805 in the Fraser Health region, 99 in the Island Health region, 67 in the Interior Health region and 99 in the Northern Health region.

There are 4,560 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 7,768 people under active public health monitoring. Of the active cases, 223 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 63 of whom are in intensive care.

To date, 218,726 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 55,057 of which are second doses.

There have been eight new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,335 deaths in British Columbia.

Additionally, there were two new healthcare facility outbreaks declared, and four existing outbreaks were declared over. There is also a community outbreak at an Abbotsford food processing plant.

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

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