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B.C. reports 832 new COVID-19 cases today

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 5:06 PDT, Thu April 1, 2021

B.C. health authorities reported 832 new cases today, for a total of 100,880 cases in the province since the pandemic began.

Of the new cases, 310 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 388 in the Fraser Health region, 53 in the Island Health region, 42 in the Interior Health region and 39 in the Northern Health region.

The latest local data from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control shows that there have been 208 new cases in Richmond between March 24 and 30.

There are 7,571 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and 296 people are hospitalized, 79 of whom are in intensive care. A further 11,608 people are under active public health monitoring.

Health authorities reported 90 new confirmed cases that are variants of concern, bringing B.C.’s total to 2,643 cases. Of those, 192 cases are currently active. Of the new cases, 80 are the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, one is the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and nine are the P.1 (Brazil) variant. Henry added during a press conference today that the sequencing required to determine variant cases is only run periodically during the week, and this week it “missed a day.”

To date, 787,549 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 87,394 of which are second doses. 

Today, people 72 and older, Indigenous peoples 18 and over, and individuals who are clinically extremely vulnerable and have received a letter identifying them as such, can book their appointments. The current supply of AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine has also been made available to people between the ages of 55-65 in the Lower Mainland.

Sadly, there were five new virus-related deaths reported today, bringing that total to 1,463. 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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