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B.C. records 800 new COVID-19 cases

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:44 PDT, Thu March 25, 2021

There were 800 new COVID-19 cases reported in B.C. today, the first time the figure has been in the 800s since December.

Of the new cases, six are epidemiologically linked. Since the pandemic began, B.C. has recorded 94,769 cases.

Of the new cases, 264 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 381 in the Fraser Health region, 45 in the Island Health region, 50 in the Interior Health region, 58 in the Northern Health region and two new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

The latest local data shows cases increasing in Richmond as well, with 126 new cases recorded between March 14 and 20. The previous week’s count was just 97.

There are 5,856 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and 306 people are hospitalized, 79 of whom are in intensive care. A further 9,964 people are under active public health monitoring.

Health authorities reported 191 new confirmed cases that are variants of concern, bringing B.C.’s total to 1,772 cases. Of those, 215 cases are currently active. Of the total cases, 1,549 are the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 47 are the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 176 are the P.1 (Brazil) variant.

To date, 610,671 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 87,212 of which are second doses. 

Sadly, there were five new virus-related deaths reported today, bringing that total to 1,446.

Health authorities reported one new healthcare facility outbreak. Outbreaks are now active at three long-term care, assisted living and independent living facilities and eight acute care facilities.

Visitor restrictions for seniors and Elders in long-term care will be eased on April 1. For details, click here.

The province will also allow limited indoor religious services to recognize Easter, Passover, Ramadan and Vaisakhi. The maximum capacity is 50 people, or 10 per cent of the worship space capacity—whatever is less. There are a number of safety requirements and protocols that must be met by worship service organizers and attendees alike.

Full details and requirements for service organizers and attendees are available on the provincial health officer's website.

Health officials also recognized the “notable spike” in new cases, especially amongst people 19 to 39 years old.

“This tells us some people are taking on more risk for themselves and their loved ones than what is safe right now,” they said.

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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