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B.C. reports 849 new COVID-19 cases

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:17 PDT, Tue April 20, 2021

B.C. health authorities reported 849 new cases of COVID-19 today, for a total of 120,889 cases in B.C. since the pandemic began.

Of the new cases, 247 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 474 in the Fraser Health region, 29 in the Island Health region, 67 in the Interior Health region, 31 in the Northern Health region and one new case of a person who resides outside of Canada.

There are 9,145 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and 456 of those people are hospitalized, 148 of whom are in intensive care. A further 13,679 people are under active public health monitoring.

Health authorities reported that B.C.’s total cases that are variants of concern has risen to 6,179. Of those, 163 cases are currently active. Of the total cases, 4,041 are the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 76 are the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 2,062 are the P.1 (Brazil) variant.

To date, 1,414,644 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 88,263 of which are second doses. 

Sadly, there was one new virus-related death reported today, bringing that total to 1,539.

Health authorities reported two new healthcare facility outbreaks and declared one over. There are now active outbreaks at four long-term care, assisted living and independent living facilities and seven 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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