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COVID-19 hospitalizations dip slightly in B.C.

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:35 PDT, Fri April 23, 2021

For the first time in two weeks, hospitalizations due to active cases of COVID-19 decreased in B.C.

Health authorities reported 486 people are hospitalized with an active case of the virus today, compared to 502 yesterday. Of those, 160 people are in critical care.

Health authorities also reported 1,001 new cases today, bringing the cumulative total to 123,758 cases since the pandemic began. 

Of the new cases, 215 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 626 in the Fraser Health region, 26 in the Island Health region, 93 in the Interior Health region, 39 in the Northern Health region and two new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

There are 8,842 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. A further 12,608 people are under active public health monitoring.

Health authorities did not provide an update on variants of concern today.

To date, 1,542,066 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 88,663 of which are second doses. 

Sadly, there were four new virus-related deaths reported today, bringing that total to 1,554.

Health authorities reported two new healthcare facility outbreaks. There are now active outbreaks at seven 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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