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New B.C. COVID-19 cases rise again today

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:35 PST, Fri February 26, 2021

Last Updated: 5:42 PST, Fri February 26, 2021

Update: the initial version of this story reported 589 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. today. Health officials said at the time that the case information was provisional due to delayed updates in the lab reporting system. Full case information was later posted on the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) dashboard and the story has been updated to reflect accurate numbers.

B.C. health authorities reported 521 new cases of COVID-19 in the province today, a sharp contrast to the lower daily count of 395 that was reported yesterday. The province has now experienced 79,194 cases since the pandemic began.

Of the new cases, 121 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 282 in the Fraser Health region, 37 in the Island Health region, 48 in the Interior Health region and 33 in the Northern Health region. 

There are 4,665 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 8,040 people under active public health monitoring.

Hospitalizations remain steady, with 232 people currently in hospital, 63 of whom are in intensive care. Sadly, there have been seven new deaths related to the virus since yesterday.

To date, 252,373 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 73,808 of which are second doses. 

There have been no new healthcare facility outbreaks, with active outbreaks continuing at 12 long-term care or assisted living facilities and five acute care facilities. 

Health authorities said the approval of two versions of a new COVID-19 vaccine is “another exciting and encouraging step forward for all of us.” The new vaccine will be integrated into the province’s immunization program as delivery and supply is confirmed in the coming weeks, and may lead to accelerated immunization of priority populations and essential workers, according to a joint statement from health officials.

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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