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B.C. COVID-19 critical care numbers reach record high

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 1:39 PDT, Thu April 29, 2021

Last Updated: 11:03 PDT, Fri April 30, 2021

A record-breaking 178 people are in critical care with an active case of COVID-19 in B.C., according to today’s update.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there are 503 people hospitalized with an active case of COVID-19, including the 178 in critical care.

B.C. health authorities reported 874 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the province’s cumulative total to 128,763 cases.

Of the new cases, 187 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 574 in the Fraser Health region, 29 in the Island Health region, 60 in the Interior Health region and 24 in the Northern Health region.

An update on active cases and people under public health monitoring will be provided later this afternoon. There was no update on cases that are variants of concern today.

To date, 1,749,375 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 90,296 of which are second doses. 

Sadly, there was one new virus-related death reported today, bringing that total to 1,577.

There was no change in the number of healthcare outbreaks, with active outbreaks continuing at seven long-term care, assisted living and independent living facilities and six acute care facilities.

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

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