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COVID-19 cases down, but hospitalizations remain high

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:26 PDT, Fri April 30, 2021

B.C. health authorities reported 740 new cases of COVID-19 today, for a total of 129,482 in B.C. since the pandemic began.

Of the new cases, 163 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 431 in the Fraser Health region, 32 in the Island Health region, 92 in the Interior Health region and 22 in the Northern Health region.

There are 7,886 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and 511 of those people are hospitalized, 174 of whom are in intensive care. A further 11,727 people are under active public health monitoring.

A weekly update on variants of concern shows that between April 18 and 24, about 78 per cent of positive samples were presumptive variants. The B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant accounts for about 60 per cent of those cases, and the P.1 (Brazil) variant about 40 per cent. The B.1.351 (South Africa) variant accounts for a relatively small number of cases.

To date, 1,786,722 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 90,642 of which are second doses. 

Sadly, there were four new virus-related deaths reported today, bringing that total to 1,581.

Active outbreaks are ongoing at eight long-term care, assisted living and independent living facilities and five 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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