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COVID-19 in B.C.: 840 new cases, 312 hospitalized

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:10 PDT, Tue March 30, 2021

Last Updated: 4:18 PDT, Tue March 30, 2021

B.C. health authorities reported 840 new cases of COVID-19 today, 18 of which are epidemiologically linked. Since the pandemic began, B.C. has recorded 99,035 cases.

Of the new cases, 265 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 421 in the Fraser Health region, 39 in the Island Health region, 67 in the Interior Health region, 46 in the Northern Health region and two new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

There are 7,062 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and 312 people are hospitalized, 78 of whom are in intensive care. A further 11,164 people are under active public health monitoring.

Health authorities reported 320 new confirmed cases that are variants of concern, bringing B.C.’s total to 2,553 cases. Of those, 313 cases are currently active. Of the total cases, 2,134 are the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 49 are the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 370 are the P.1 (Brazil) variant.

To date, 724,193 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 87,319 of which are second doses. 

Vaccine appointment bookings for age-based immunizations are now open for people 73 or older in all health authorities, and Indigenous peoples over 18. Individuals who are clinically extremely vulnerable and have received a letter identifying them as such are also able to book appointments.

There were no new virus-related deaths reported today. Outbreaks continue at three long-term care, assisted living and independent living facilities and nine acute care facilities.

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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