COVID-19: Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus in 2021

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The first case of COVID-19 appeared in B.C. on Jan. 27, a man in his 40s who had travelled to Wuhan, China. The first death was March 8, a man in his 80s who lived at the Lynn Valley Care Centre.

A provincial state of emergency was called on March 20, 2020.

Symptoms include a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. Those who think they’re infected should call a health-care professional, or 811, before visiting a doctor’s office. Testing is on demand if showing even slight symptoms.

Here’s an updated list of cases confirmed in B.C., along with ages and health care region:

Vancouver Coastal Health oversees health care in Vancouver, Richmond, North and West Vancouver, regions along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, the Sunshine Coast and B.C.’s Central Coast.

Fraser Health oversees health care in Burnaby, New Westminster, Delta, White Rock, Surrey, Port Moody, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Langley, Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Kent, Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs and Hope.

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Island Health oversees health care on Vancouver Island from Cape Scott to Victoria, from Tofino to Campbell River.

Interior Health oversees health care in the Thompson Cariboo Shuswap region, the Okanagan, the Kootenay Boundary region, and the East Kootenay region.

Northern Health oversees the northern half of British Columbia.

B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of the latest figures given on April 21:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 121,751 (8,906 active cases)
• New cases since April 20: 862
• Total deaths: 1,546 (7 new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 483
• Intensive care: 164
• Total vaccinations: 1,456,946 doses administered (88,335 second doses)
• Cases under public health monitoring: 13,135
• Recovered: 111,039
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 10

Confirmed cases by region since the start of the pandemic (Updated to April 21):

• Fraser Health: 69,690
• Vancouver Coastal Health: 30,306
• Interior Health: 10,282
• Northern Health: 6,895
• Island Health: 4,395
• Non-Canadian residents: 183

Source: B.C. Centre for Disease Control

Health care facilities affected

SENIORS’ CARE HOMES and acute care facilities with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks (Updated to April 21):

Vancouver Coastal Health – no facilities:

Fraser Health – one facility:
Dufferin Care Centre (second occurrence)

Northern Health – one facility:
Acropolis Manor (second occurrence)

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Interior Health – one facility:
Cottonwoods Care Centre

Island Health – no facilities:

Acute-care facilities:
Abbotsford Regional Hospital
Dawson Creek and District Hospital
Nanaimo Regional General Hospital
Prince Rupert Regional Hospital
Surrey Memorial Hospital
Vancouver General Hospital
UBC Hospital


CLICK HERE TO READ A DAY-BY-DAY RUNDOWN OF COVID-19 CASES IN B.C. IN 2020


Jan. 1-4 – 2,211 new cases, 45 additional deaths

British Columbia recorded 2,211 new cases of COVID-19 since Dec. 31 and 45 more people have died, for a total of 946 fatalities since the start of the pandemic.

There have been a total of 54,201 cases of COVID-19 in B.C. with 6,823 considered active cases.

COVID-19: 45 deaths and 2,211 cases reported in B.C. over past four days
Official health authority statement on Jan. 4, 2020

Jan. 5 – 428 new cases, 8 deaths

There have been eight COVID deaths and 428 new cases in B.C. over the past day, according to a joint statement issued by B.C.’s provincial health officer and the Minister of Health.

There are 367 people in hospital, of which 77 are in intensive care. Total active cases stands at 6,472, with another 8,596 people under active public health monitoring after known exposures.

COVID-19: More than 100 event organizers fined for parties in B.C., as state of emergency extended
Official health authority statement on Jan. 5, 2020

Jan. 6 – 625 new cases, eight additional deaths

B.C. health officials reported 625 new cases of COVID-19 in the province since Tuesday and eight additional deaths from the respiratory disease.

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In a joint statement, Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, and Health Minister Adrian Dix said the total number of cases in B.C. has grown to 55,254 while the death toll has reached 962.

There are 381 people being treated in hospital for COVID-19, including 78 in intensive care.

There are 6,343 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and another 8,719 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known case.

COVID-19: B.C. surpasses 5,000 vaccinations in a day, as eight deaths and 625 new cases reported
Official health authority statement on Jan. 6, 2020

Jan. 7 – 761 new cases, eight additional deaths

British Columbia reported 761 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

Health officials also reported eight additional deaths from COVID-19, raising the provincial death toll to 970.

With B.C.’s case numbers trending upwards, Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, announced Thursday that provincial health restrictions, which prohibit social activity with anyone outside one’s household, have been extended to Feb. 5.

A total of 55,254 people have tested positive in B.C. since the start of the pandemic and there currently 6,349 active cases in the province. There are 372 people being treated in hospital, 74 of whom are in intensive care.

COVID-19: Fears of post-holiday uptick confirmed as 761 new cases reported
Official health authority statement on Jan. 7, 2020

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Jan. 8 – Meanwhile, 372 people are hospitalized, of whom 74 are in intensive care.

Another 617 residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, B.C. health officials confirmed Friday.

The figures from Thursday from Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, and Health Minister Adrian Dix means B.C. total of cases in this pandemic has hit 56,632.

Another 18 deaths have been reported as well, bringing total deaths to 988 and all but guaranteeing that B.C. will eclipse 1,000 deaths over the weekend.

The majority of these deaths are among seniors living in long-term care facilities, where health officials continue to focus their immunization rollout on those likeliest to die from the coronavirus and the workers entrusted with their case.

“Long-term care outbreaks have been at the forefront of our minds and our hearts since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Henry and Dix said. “Each day, more of our seniors and elders who live in these homes, as well as the people who care for them, are protected with the vaccine.”

Some 46,259 people have now been immunized against COVID-19.

COVID-19: B.C. health officials report 617 new cases, 18 additional deaths
• Official health authority statement on Jan. 8, 2020

Jan. 11 – 1,475 new cases, 22 additional deaths

The death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic has surpassed 1,000 in British Columbia.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, said the province recorded 22 deaths from the respiratory disease on the weekend. A total of 1,010 people have died from COVID-19 in B.C. since the start of the pandemic.

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Henry said 1,475 people tested positive for COVID-19 in B.C. over the past three days.

A total of 59,902 have been immunized as part of B.C.’s COVID-19 inoculation program.

COVID-19: B.C. hits grim milestone with 1000th death over weekend
•  Official health authority statement on Jan. 11, 2020

Jan. 12 – 446 new cases, nine additional deaths

B.C. health officials confirmed another 446 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, and nine new deaths.

The updated numbers from Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix bring total cases province-wide to 58,553, while total deaths climbs to 1,019.

There are 5,045 active cases of COVID-19 in the province — the lowest number since early November. It’s a positive sign, especially so soon after the holidays, when fears of another surge of infections led to increased restrictions on social gatherings and alcohol consumption on New Year’s Eve.

Most sick individuals are isolating at home, though 368 residents are being treated in hospital — an increase of 10 overnight. 72 people are fighting for their lives in acute care.

COVID-19: B.C. health officials confirm 446 new cases, nine additional deaths
Official health authority statement on Jan. 12, 2020

Jan. 13 – 519 new cases, 12 additional deaths

There were 12 deaths reported in B.C. between noon Tuesday and noon Wednesday and 519 new cases.

The death toll provincewide is now 1,031.

Of the 4,810 active cases of the disease in B.C., 360 are in hospital including 76 people in intensive care.

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Health Minister Adrian Dix said 62,294 vaccines had been injected in B.C. as of the end of day Wednesday.

COVID-19: One third of deaths reported in B.C. on Wednesday were at Interior Health care homes
Official health authority statement on Jan. 13, 2020

Jan. 14 – 536 new cases, seven additional deaths

B.C. health officials say 536 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 since Wednesday, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the province to 59,608 since the start of the pandemic.

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said seven more people died from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

The death toll from the disease now sits at 1,038 in British Columbia.

Henry also noted that there are four new cases of the highly contagious UK variant of the virus identified in the B.C. Three of the cases are linked to same traveler.

Health officials also identified B.C.’s first case of the South African variant, which also considered to be a more infectious strain of the virus.

“This is a person who has not known to be to have traveled, or to have connection with a traveler,” Henry said. “So we are still investigating where this person might have contracted this virus … As you know, we do have concerns that some of these variants, particularly the UK (variant), may allow the virus to spread more easily.”

COVID-19: Horgan looks at banning interprovincial travel as South African variant arrives in B.C.

Official health authority statement on Jan. 14, 2020

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Jan. 15 – 509 new cases, nine additional deaths

Another 509 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in British Columbia since Thursday, and nine more people have died from the respiratory disease.

There have been a total of 1,047 deaths in B.C. since the start of the pandemic and 60,117 confirmed cases.

To date, 75,914 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in B.C.

COVID-19: B.C. health officials report 509 new cases, nine additional deaths
Official health authority statement on Jan. 15, 2020

Jan. 18 – 1,330 new cases, 31 additional deaths in B.C.

B.C. health officials say another 1,330 people tested positive for COVID-19 on the weekend.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, also reported that 31 more people had died from the disease, raising the provincial death toll to 1,078.

A total of 61,447 people have tested positive in B.C. since the start of the pandemic.

There are 4,326 active cases in the province with 343 people being treated in hospital, including 68 in intensive care.

A total of 87,346 people have received vaccinations.

COVID-19: B.C. tweaks vaccination plan as dose numbers drop over the next month
Official health authority statement on Jan. 18, 2020

Jan. 19 – 465 new cases, 12 additional deaths

There have been 465 cases of COVID-19 reported over the past day, and 12 deaths.

In a prepared statement, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported 4,331 active cases of the disease, with 329 being treated in hospital, including 70 in intensive care.

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There has been no new outbreaks in health-care facilities or in the community. An outbreak at The Emerald at Elim Village is over, leaving 58 active outbreaks in health-care facilities.

The worst outbreak in B.C. is still underway at the Little Mountain Lodge care facility, where 41 people have died.

COVID-19: No Moderna or Pfizer vaccine deliveries for B.C. in last week of January
Official health authority statement on Jan. 19, 2020

Jan. 20 – 500 new cases, 14 additional deaths

On Jan. 20, 2021, officials announced 500 new cases and 14 additional deaths due to COVID-19.

There are 4,345 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 320 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 66 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

Currently, 6,905 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. A further 55,564 people who tested positive have recovered.

To date, 98,125 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C.

There have been 14 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,104 deaths in British Columbia.

There were also two new health-care facility outbreaks, one at Vancouver’s Villa Cathay and one at Acropolis Manor in the Northern Health Authority. The outbreaks at Guildford Seniors Village and Maple Ridge Seniors Village in the Fraser Health Authority, as well as Mountainview Village and Village by the Station in the Interior Health Authority, are now over.

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COVID-19: Outbreaks at Surrey pre-trial and care homes in Prince Rupert and Strathcona
Official health authority statement on Jan. 20, 2021

Jan. 21 – 564 new cases, 15 additional deaths

Another 564 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in British Columbia and 15 more people have died from the respiratory disease.

The provincial death toll from the pandemic has reached 1,119.

There are 4,450 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 309 people currently hospitalized with it, including 68 who are being treated in intensive care.

There have been a total of 62,976 confirmed cases in British Columbia.

B.C. Ministry of Health did have some good news on Thursday when it was revealed that COVID-19 outbreaks have been declared over at five health-care facilities — Vancouver General Hospital, Ridge Meadows Hospital, Hart House, Fleetwood Villa, Arbutus Care Centre and Renfrew Care Centre. The ministry said there were no new outbreaks at long-term care homes or acute-care facilities to report.

A total of 104,901 have been vaccinated, including 1,680 who have received their second shot.

COVID-19: British Columbia loses another 15 lives to pandemic
Official health authority statement on Jan. 21, 2021

Jan. 22 – 508 new cases, nine additional deaths

B.C. reported 508 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and nine more deaths, pushing the death toll in the province to 1,128. There were 4,479 active infections, including 315 people in hospital.

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The province is aiming to immunize 4.3 million residents aged 18 and over with two vaccine doses by the end of October.

People who pre-register for the plan will get a reminder to book appointments when eligible, but Henry said timelines for vaccination will depend on available doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines as others are expected to be approved by the federal government.

Residents of long-term care homes, health-care workers who look after them, as well as essential visitors are among those who are currently being vaccinated. They will be followed in February and March by more residents of Indigenous communities, those who are 80 and over and Indigenous seniors over 65.

Seniors aged 75 to 79 are expected to be vaccinated starting in April as part of the pre-registration strategy that will then move on to younger people in five-year age groupings. Those in the 70-to-74 age group will follow, along with people with severe health conditions that put them at high risk for infection.

COVID-19 vaccines: B.C.’s mass vaccination program to start in April
Official health authority statement on Jan. 22, 2021

Jan. 25 – 1,344 new cases, 26 additional deaths

B.C. recorded 1,344 new cases of COVID-19 over the past three days, as well as 26 additional deaths.

There were 527 new cases on Friday, 471 on Saturday and another 346 on Sunday, bringing total cases since the start of the pandemic to 64,828. Total deaths from COVID-19 in B.C. now stands at 1,154.

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While there was one new care facility outbreak, 11 others were declared over.

COVID-19: B.C.’s vaccine supplies dry up as 26 deaths reported
Official health authority statement on Jan. 25, 2021

Jan. 26 – 407 new cases, 14 more deaths

Despite COVID-19 vaccination setbacks, B.C. will come close to the target of injecting 150,000 doses of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines by the end of January.

On Tuesday, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there had been 122,359 doses injected across the province since vaccinations began in late December — including 4,105 second doses. B.C. has around 20,000 vaccines on hand.At the start of the vaccination program Henry said 150,000 doses would be administered by the end of this month, starting with staff and residents at long-term care facilities.

However, last week Pfizer said deliveries to B.C. would fall by 60,000 doses over a six week period. On Monday, Henry reported the pharmaceutical giant would deliver nothing for two weeks and then in much reduced numbers over the next three weeks.

Henry said there had been 407 new cases of COVID-19 reported over the past day, and 14 deaths. There have been 1,168 deaths from the disease in B.C.

She said there were 71 people with COVID in intensive care, of the 313 cases in B.C. hospitals.

There are 4,260 active cases of the disease, and 6,450 people are in self isolation after being exposed.

COVID-19: B.C. close to end-of-month vaccination target |14 deaths and 407 new cases in B.C.
Official health authority statement on Jan. 26, 2021

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Jan. 27 – 485 new cases, four additional deaths

Another 485 people in B.C. have tested positive for COVID-19 in B.C. in the past 24 hours. That brings the total number cases in B.C. to 65,719 since the start of the pandemic. Of those, 1,172 people have died, including four in the past day.

Of the new cases, 115 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 210 are in the Fraser Health region, 45 are in the the Island Health region, 83 are in the Interior Health region, and 32 are in the Northern Health region.

“We continue to see new community clusters around the province — in the Fernie and Williams Lake regions, and elsewhere. These hot spots show, once again, how easily the virus spreads between us,” said the joint statement issued by B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix.

The statement also noted that the first COVID-19 case in B.C. was confirmed one year ago today, on Jan. 27, 2020.

“Since that day, the impact has been severe; people have become seriously ill and died, our lives have been disrupted and health-care workers everywhere have faced challenges at a scale never experienced before.

“In response, people throughout the province have stepped up to put normal routines and activities aside, doing all they can to protect our communities, Elders and loved ones. Thank you.”

Premier Horgan says no to federal government’s COVID Alert app
Official health authority statement on Jan. 27, 2021

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Jan. 28 – 546 new cases, 12 additional deaths

British Columbia reported 546 new cases of COVID-19 across the province and a dozen new deaths on Thursday.

New figures from the Health Ministry bring the total confirmed cases in B.C. to 66,265 and the death toll to 1,184.

There are 4,455 people with active infections, 291 of whom are hospitalized, including 75 in intensive care.

To date, 127,255 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, 4,185 of which are second doses.

The latest spike of cases in Whistler is similar to a surge in the community in November that health officials say was resolved in early December.

COVID-19: B.C. further tightens vaccine belt as more bad news arrives from Pfizer
Official health authority statement on Jan. 28, 2021

Jan. 29 – 514 new cases, five additional deaths

British Columbia recorded 514 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 66,779.

There are 4,557 active cases, including 292 in hospital, of whom 74 are in intensive care.

Five more people have died.

The province also identified new cases of COVID-19 variants believed to be more contagious than the original strain. There are now seven cases of the strain first identified in the United Kingdom and four associated with South Africa, Henry said.

Two have been linked but three cases are “most concerning,” Henry said, because they are not associated with travel. Contact tracers are investigating.

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COVID-19: More short-term cuts in vaccine supply create ‘challenging’ weeks ahead for B.C.
Official health authority statement on Jan. 29, 2021

Feb. 1 – 1,158 new cases in B.C., 21 more deaths

B.C. has 18 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 variants that originated in South Africa and the United Kingdom, with seven of those emerging over the weekend.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says all 14 cases of the U.K. strain are connected to travel, but the four cases of the South African variant have no link to international trips.

She says officials are working to determine how the individuals contracted the South African strain and the variants continue to be “concerning” because they may spread more easily.

B.C.’s top doctor adds that Super Bowl Sunday and Family Day are on the horizon and she’s urging B.C. residents not to hold parties or celebrate with anyone from outside their household.

Health Minister Adrian Dix also says that about 100 Canadian Red Cross members are being sent to five long-term care or assisted living facilities to help exhausted staff grappling with COVID-19 outbreaks.

There were a total of 1,158 new COVID-19 cases over the past three days and 21 more deaths in the province.

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Official health authority statement on Feb. 1, 2021

Feb. 2 – 429 new cases, eight additional deaths

B.C. health officials said Tuesday that 429 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in British Columbia, and eight more people have died.

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Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 68,366 people have tested positive and there are 4,542 confirmed active cases.

The provincial death toll from COVID-19 has climbed to 1,218.

Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 68,366 people have tested positive for COVID-19.  There are 4,542 confirmed active cases in the province.

The provincial death toll from COVID-19 has climbed to 1,218.

B.C. has again extended its state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic for another two weeks to Feb. 16.

COVID-19: B.C. daily case count stays below 500 for fourth straight day
Official health authority statement on Feb. 2, 2021

Feb. 3 – 414 new cases, 16 additional deaths

B.C. health officials reported 414 new cases of COVID-19  Wednesday and an additional 16 deaths, bringing to 1,234 the number of fatalities linked to disease.

There have been 68,780 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia since the start of the pandemic, including 4,426 that are considered active.

In a joint statement, Health Minister Adrian Dix and the provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said public health teams have completed an investigation into a exposure incident at a Maple Ridge high school that was linked to the highly-contagious UK variant of the novel coronavirus.

Mass testing of both staff and students at Garibaldi Secondary School confirmed that the original person of concern was infected with the B.1.1.7 variant but it appears there was no transmission at the school.

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“Eighty-one students and eight educators were also tested and all are negative,” the statement said.

The tests were ordered after a person at the school had close contact with someone carrying a UK strain of the virus.

Health officials say the person infected with the UK variant has since recovered and there is no longer an exposure risk.

COVID-19: Mass testing reveals no UK variant at Maple Ridge school
Official health authority statement on Feb. 3, 2021

Feb. 4 – 465 new cases, six additional deaths

B.C. health official say another 465 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in British Columbia and six more people have died from the disease.

In a joint statement, Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry are pleading with British Columbians to maintain social distancing on Super Bowl Sunday.

“Let’s ensure we don’t make the Super Bowl a superspreading day, by making safe choices. This is especially important given we are still learning about the full impact of the variants of concern now in our communities,” the statement said.

Since the start of the pandemic,  69,245 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,240 have died.

There are 4,447 confirmed active cases of COVID-19 in the province, including 257 people who are being treated in hospital.

COVID-19: B.C. health officials urge ‘safe choices’ on Super Bowl Sunday amid COVID-19 variants
Official health authority statement on Feb. 4, 2021

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Feb. 5 – 471 new cases, six additional deaths.

In a joint statement, Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Health Minister Adrian Dix announce that another 471 British Columbians have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, brining the total number of cases in B.C. to 69,716 since the start of the pandemic.

Of that total, 1,246 British Columbians have died, including six in the past day, the statement read.

Of the new cases, 108 were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 208 were in the Fraser Health region, 56 were in the Interior Health region and 71 were in the North Health region.

“We want to protect the progress we have made since the start of the year and not throw away our success,” the statement read. “To do this, we need to buy time — time to get our immunization program back up to speed as vaccine supply is restore and scaled up, and time to understand how the variants of concern will affect transmission in our communities.”

COVID-19 restrictions remain in place as infection rates drop, with eye on faster-spreading strains
Official health authority statement on Feb. 5, 2021

Feb. 8 – 1,236 new cases, 13 deaths

B.C. now has 40 confirmed cases of fast-spreading variants of COVID-19.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says 25 cases are the U.K. variant, while 15 involve the type that originated in South Africa.

The province has recorded another 1,236 cases of COVID-19 and 13 deaths.

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Almost 155,000 people have received their vaccine and 12,111 of those are second doses.

— Canadian Press

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Official health authority statement on Feb. 8, 2021

Feb. 9 – 435 new cases, four deaths

There are now 4,393 active cases of the disease in B.C., of which 241 are being treated in hospital with 68 of those are in critical. The number of active cases is on the rise after slowly falling over the past week.

Over 6,800 people are in self isolation after being exposed to the virus.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there has been a health-care outbreak at a group home in Kamloops.

Six staff members have tested positive at Highridge Home and Singh House, two private 24-hour support facilities located on separate floors in the same building.

There are 32 active outbreaks in health-care facilities. There have been 155,585 vaccines administered in B.C., with 1,084 given over the past day.

COVID-19: Less than 1,100 jabs in B.C. a day as vaccine supplies dry up
Official health authority statement on Feb. 9, 2021

Feb. 10 – 469 new cases, six deaths

There have been 469 new cases of COVID-19 reported in B.C. over the past day and six deaths.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there were now 4,305 active cases, of which 230 were being treated in hospital including 66 in intensive care. There are 6,820 people in isolation after being exposed to someone with the disease.

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All these numbers have been steady over the past week.

Henry reported 2,214 COVID-19 immunizations over the past day – of which 1,514 were second doses. The province has very little vaccine on hand, with supplies expected to arrive from Pfizer by the end of this week.

COVID-19: Short supply means most vaccinations in B.C. are second doses for now
Official health authority statement on Feb. 10, 2021

Feb. 11 – 449 new cases, nine deaths

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported nine deaths and 449 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.

Henry said there were 4,317 active cases of the disease in B.C., of which 224 were being treated in hospital, including 63 in intensive care. Both these numbers have been falling over the past week.

There were no health-facility outbreaks declared on Thursday, and three long-term care facility outbreaks had ended – at Glenwood Seniors Community in Agassiz, Hilton Villa Seniors Community in Surrey and the Bradley Centre in Chilliwack.

There were 2,090 immunizations on Wednesday, with most of those second doses (1,368.)

Henry reported nine new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,278 deaths in British Columbia.

COVID-19: Long-term care home outbreaks in B.C. fall with vaccination complete
Official health authority statement on Feb. 11, 2021

Feb. 12 – 445 new cases, 10 deaths

Dr. Bonnie Henry reported 445 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 72,750 cases in the province so far, along with 10 more deaths, totalling 1,288 fatalities since the start of the pandemic.

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She urged residents to maintain restrictions on gatherings during the Family Day long weekend, which coincides with Lunar New Year celebrations, but says colder weather may reduce travel, meaning “Mother Nature is going to be on our side.”

“We are trending in the right direction, pushing our curve down, but slowly. And we need to ensure our success sticks, which means staying the course with our layers of protection and continuing to follow all of the public health restrictions and guidance.”

Henry says first doses of COVID-19 vaccines in long-term care and assisted-living facilities have meant a dramatic drop in outbreaks at facilities across the province.

She says second doses still must be administered to most residents and staff but there’s clear evidence that first doses have slowed down transmission of the virus.

Henry says an increasing number of vaccine doses are expected to arrive in B.C. next week and onward after a slowdown in deliveries.

COVID-19: Provincial health officer says Nigerian variant identified in B.C.
Official health authority statement on Feb. 12, 2021

Feb. 16 – 1,533 new cases, 26 deaths

The COVID-19 reproduction rate has risen above the troubling “one” mark in the Fraser Health region, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said on Tuesday.

She said that over the last few weeks there had been, on average, more infections for each case of the virus in Fraser Health – so it was spreading exponentially.

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There were 1,533 cases of COVID-19 reported in B.C. over the past four days and 26 deaths.

Henry said there were 4,189 active cases of the disease in B.C., of which 231 were in hospital including 74 in intensive care.

There were three new health-care outbreaks reported and three declared over. There are now 15 active outbreaks in long-term care facilities and six in acute care settings.

Fraser Health’s COVID-19 reproductive rate goes over one and into the danger zone
Official health authority statement on Feb. 16, 2021

Feb. 17 – 427 new cases, three deaths

There were 427 cases of COVID-19 reported in B.C. over the past day, and three deaths.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there were 4,150 active cases of the disease, of which 232 were in hospital, including 63 in intensive care.

There are 7,238 people in self isolation after being exposed to the disease.

There have been no new outbreaks at long-term care or acute-care facilities, and two were declared over, leaving 19 active outbreaks in health-care facilities.

Residents and staff at B.C.’s long-term care facilities have been vaccinated, and vaccines are now being offered to health-care workers.

On Tuesday, there were 4,260 immunizations – doubling the daily immunization number over the past two days as Canada deals with a vaccine shortfall.

Fraser Health’s COVID-19 reproductive rate goes over one and into the danger zone
Official health authority statement on Feb. 17, 2021

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Feb. 18 – 617 new cases, four deaths

Another 617 people in British Columbia have tested positive for COVID-19 in British Columbia and another four people have died from the disease, B.C. health officials reported Thursday.

It’s the province’s highest daily case count since Jan. 7, when 761 people tested positive, and the first time B.C.’s daily case tally has exceeded 500 since Jan. 29.

The majority of new cases occurred in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions, which reported 342 and 146 positive tests, respectively.

B.C. health officials also declared new outbreaks at two health-care facilities — Mission Memorial Hospital and Fleetwood Villa, a retirement facility in Surrey.

COVID-19: British Columbia experiences spike in daily case count
Official health authority statement on Feb. 18, 2021

Feb. 19 – 508 new cases, six deaths

Another 508 people in B.C. have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases in B.C. to 75, 835 since the start of the pandemic. Health authorities also reported six additional deaths, bringing the total number of British Columbians who have died from the virus to 1,327.

Of the new cases 116 were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 286 cases were in the Fraser Health region, 22 cases were in the Island Health region, 59 were in the Interior Health region, and 25 were in the Northern Health region.

In a statement, deputy provincial health officer Dr. Reka Gustafson and Adrian Dix, B.C.’s Minister of Health, also highlighted the number of vaccines that had been administered to British Columbians to date, noting that they have helped curb outbreaks in long-term care homes.

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“This is encouraging news for everyone as we look ahead to our provincewide Covid-19 immunization program,” the statement read. “This has been a difficult journey for all of us. By continuing to follow the public health orders and always using our lawyers of protection,we will get through these challenging days much more quickly.”

As of Friday, B.C. also had a total of 72 reported cases of variants of concern. Fifty-two of these cases were the U.K. variant, while 20 were the South African variant.

COVID-19: B.C. hits one-day vaccine record as new data shows promise of single dose
Official health authority statement on Feb. 19, 2021

Feb. 22 – 1,428 new cases, eight deaths

Public health officials in British Columbia are reporting 1,428 new COVID-19 cases over the past three days, for a total of 77,263 since the pandemic began in the province.

There have also been eight more deaths, bringing the number of fatalities linked to the new coronavirus to 1,335 in B.C.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix say in a joint statement that 218,726 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, of which 55,057 are second doses.

Henry and Dix also reported two new health-care facility outbreaks at Vancouver General Hospital and Kelowna General Hospital, while several outbreaks have been declared over, including at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops and Abbotsford Regional Hospital.

They say there is also a community outbreak at Grand River Foods, a food processing plant in Abbotsford, B.C., which the Fraser Health authority closed after 22 employees tested positive for COVID-19.

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The joint statement says there are 28 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants of concern in B.C., for a total of 101 cases and two variants that are under investigation.

Of the total number of variant cases, they say four are active and the remaining 97 have now recovered — including 81 of the strain first found in the United Kingdom, 31 of the strain first detected in South Africa and two of the strain first identified in Nigeria.

– The Canadian Press

No word on vaccine registration for over-80s living independently in B.C.
Official health authority statement on Feb. 22, 2021

Feb. 23. – 559 new cases, one death

British Columbia reported 559 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

There have been 77,822 confirmed cases in the province since the start of the pandemic.

One death was reported on Tuesday as the province’s death toll from the disease reached 1,336.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said none of the new cases occurred in long-term care facilities, which she says proves the effectiveness of the vaccines.

Residents and staff at long-term care facilities were the first to be vaccinated in the province.

“Today we have had no new cases in long-term care  or assisted living in the province, and we had no deaths in long term care in the last 24 hours. The single person who died in the last 24 hours was in an acute care facility,” she said.

“This is a success that we need to appreciate and celebrate, even as we are preparing now to be to be able to provide more vaccines to more people in our communities.”

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Official health authority statement on Feb. 23, 2021
COVID-19: Dentists, midwives and pharmacy technicians allowed to give vaccine

Feb. 24 – 456 new cases, two more deaths

There were 456 new cases of COVID-19 reported over the past day and two deaths.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there were 4,688 active cases of the disease, of which 237 were being treated in hospital including 64 in intensive care.

There were no health-care outbreaks reported.

There were 6,525 doses of vaccine administered on Tuesday, bringing the total to 230,875. 62,608 people have been fully immunized with both doses.

COVID-19: B.C.’s seven-day average case count rises, sparking third wave fears
Official health authority statement on Feb. 24, 2021

Feb. 25 – 395 new cases, 10 more deaths

There were 395 cases of COVID-19 reported over the past day and 10 deaths.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there were 4,489 active cases of the disease in B.C., of which 228 were being treated in hospital (including 62 in intensive care).

There have been 68,157 people fully immunized in B.C. with two doses (136,314 doses) and 103,519 people have received one dose.

COVID-19: More younger people dying in B.C.’s pandemic
Official health authority statement on Feb. 25, 2021

Feb. 26 – 589 new cases, seven deaths

On the same day the federal government announced the approval of a new COVID-19 vaccine, another 589 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in B.C. in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases in B.C. to 79,262 since the start of the pandemic.

There were seven COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,355 deaths in the province.

The new cases were primarily in the Fraser Health region (317); 157 were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 39 in Interior Health, 45 in Northern Health and 31 in Island Health.

There have been no new outbreaks at health-care facilities.

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and health minister Adrian Dix also welcomed the federal government’s announcement of the approval of two versions of a new COVID-19 vaccine today.

The viral vector vaccine, produced by Oxford-AstraZeneca and the Verity-Serum Institute of India, is considered “fridge stable,” making it easier to transport and distribute compared to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which have to be stored in very low temperatures.

“This new vaccine will be integrated into our provincial immunization program as delivery and supply is confirmed in the coming weeks,” said Henry and Dix in a joint statement issued Friday afternoon. “The additional supply will allow us to look at accelerating immunization of priority populations and essential workers.”

Official health authority statement on Feb. 26, 2021
COVID-19: 589 new cases in B.C. as federal government approves new vaccine

March 1 – 1,478 new cases and eight deaths reported over three days

There have been eight deaths and 1,478 new cases of COVID-19 reported over the past three days (B.C. is the only province in Canada that does not provide daily number updates over the weekend.)

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there were 4,464 active cases of the disease in B.C., of which 236 were being treated in hospital including 65 in intensive care. All of these numbers are steady despite a rising seven-day daily average case count.

Henry reported four new health-care outbreaks (three in hospitals) and six that had ended. There are now 14 active outbreaks in health-care facilities. The new outbreaks are at Glacier View Lodge in Courtenay, Chilliwack General Hospital, Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster and Surrey Memorial Hospital.

Outbreaks are declared over at St. Paul’s Hospital, CareLife Fleetwood, George Derby Centre in Burnaby, Eden Gardens in Nanaimo, Wexford Creek in Nanaimo and Noric House in Vernon.

“There have been 42 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern in our province, for a total of 158 cases. Of the total cases, 10 cases are active and the remaining people have recovered. This includes 137 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant and 21 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant,” Henry said.

COVID-19: Variant cases accelerating, with 11 exposures in B.C. schools
Official health authority statement on March 1, 2021

March 2 – 438 new cases, two deaths

Two more people have died from COVID-19 and 22 more cases of the highly contagious “variants of concern” have been detected in the British Columbia, provincial health officials said Tuesday.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, said there were 438 new COVID-19 cases recorded between Monday and Tuesday.

The majority of positive tests were recorded in the Lower Mainland, with Fraser Health reporting 249 new cases and Vancouver Coastal Health reporting 137.

Henry said a total of 182 variants of concern — 159 cases of the UK variant and 23 cases of the South African variant — have now been detected in B.C. but only eight of the cases were considered active.  Through contact tracing, health officials have determined that 13 per cent of the variant cases are linked to travel, while a further 60 per cent of the cases were determined to close contacts of infected travellers.

B.C. health officials aren’t sure how the remaining variant cases were acquired, which troubles Henry.

“That reflects that we have transmission going on in communities,” she said.

Henry said nine people have been hospitalized with the contagious strains, but all but one have recovered and been released.

There have been 81,367 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C. since the start of the pandemic. The provincial death toll from the disease now stands at 1,365.

Official health authority statement on March 2, 2021
COVID-19: Longer interval between vaccine doses means restrictions will be lifted sooner: Henry

March 3 – 542 new cases, seven deaths

The province reported 542 new cases, bringing the total cases in B.C. to 81,909. Out of this number, 4,654 cases are considered active.

There were 18 new COVID-19 cases with variants of concern, bringing the total to 200. Of the total cases, 11 are active while the remaining have recovered.

Health officials said Wednesday its goal is to protect as many people as quickly as possible, reiterating its plan to set the second booster dose 16 weeks after the first shot.

“We are pleased to see that today, the National Advisory Council on Immunization, as well as Canada’s Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health, have endorsed this approach,” said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and minister of health Adrian Dix in a statement.

Another seven people have died from the virus, bringing the total to 1,372 deaths in B.C.

Official health authority statement on March 3, 2021
COVID-19: 542 new cases and seven deaths reported in B.C.

March 4 – 564 new cases, four deaths

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India will arrive in B.C. next week.

This vaccine will be given to first responders and essential workers. The province expects to release a detailed plan on how this will be rolled out by March 18.

B.C. health officials reported 564 new COVID-19 cases and four more deaths from the disease on Thursday.

There have been 82,473 total cases of COVID-19 in the province since the start of the pandemic, while the death toll has reached 1,376.

Official health authority statement on March 4, 2021
COVID-19: First shots of AstraZeneca vaccine will go to curb outbreaks in Lower Mainland

March 5 – 634 new cases, four deaths

B.C. reported 634 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the highest one-day total in almost two months.

The last time B.C.’s numbers were this high was on Jan. 7, when 761 new cases were reported.

There are now 4,901 active cases of the virus in the province, including 255 people in hospital. Four more people have died, bringing the B.C. death toll to 1,380.

There has also been a new outbreak at Holberg House Hospice in Abbotsford.

Amid the troubling rise in daily cases was a glimmer of hope on the vaccine front, as Health Canada approved the use of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine on Friday.

Official health authority statement on March 5, 2021
COVID-19: B.C. reports 634 new cases, the highest single-day total since Jan. 7

March 8 – 1,462 new cases, 11 deaths

B.C. health officials reported on Monday 1,462 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths over three days, pushing the death toll to 1,391 in the province.

Dr. Bonnie Henry said there was one new outbreak in a long-term care home, the Cottonwoods Care Centre in Kelowna, where a high number of residents and staff had already been vaccinated.

The flare-up serves as a reminder that while vaccines are effective and prevent severe illness and death, they don’t necessarily mean that all transmission will be stopped, she said.

There have been 144 new cases that are variants of concern, bringing the total to 394 confirmed cases. Officials still do not know how about a quarter of the cases were acquired.

Official health authority statement on March 8, 2021
COVID-19: Henry promises more family visits to long-term care residents by end of this month

March 9 – 550 new cases, two more deaths

Another 550 cases of COVID-19 were reported in the province on Tuesday with two more deaths.

“Today marks a sombre milestone: one year since the first person in British Columbia died as a result of COVID-19,” said a joint statement from Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Another 182 cases have been confirmed as variants of concern for a total of 576 cases. Henry said the bulk of those cases (530) had been the U.K. variant B117, followed by the South African variant B117 (33) and now one Brazilian P1 variant case.

There are 4,869 active cases in B.C., of which 249 are being treated in hospital including 68 in intensive care (a jump of two).

More than 10,000 people were given a first dose of vaccine on Tuesday, with the government providing very few second doses.

So far, 256,443 people in B.C. have received vaccine – or five per cent of the total population.

Official health authority statement on March 9, 2021
COVID-19: B.C. reports arrival of another variant as mutant cases accelerate

March 10 – 531 new cases, one death

There were 531 cases of COVID-19 reported in B.C. on Wednesday, including 51 variants of concern. There are 4,861 active cases in the province, of which 109 are variant cases.

There have been 268,380 people vaccinated in B.C., of whom 86,960 have received a second dose.

One person died over the past day, bringing that toll to 1,394.

“We are now starting to receive supplies of the AstraZeneca – SII Covishield vaccine. This additional vaccine supply will be used to supplement our age-based provincewide immunization program,” said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

“In particular, we will use this vaccine to assist with outbreak response in communities and within high-risk industries.

Official health authority statement on March 10, 2021
COVID-19: Brazilian variant P1 takes hold in B.C.

March 11 – 569 new cases, three deaths

On Thursday, B.C. recorded 569 new cases of COVID-19 in the province, bringing the number of active cases in B.C. to 4,912. Out of the these, 244 are in hospital and 68 in ICU.

The bulk of the cases are in the Lower Mainland, with 301 cases in Fraser Health and 140 in Vancouver Coastal. Northern Health is dealing with 60 cases, while Interior Health has 26 and Vancouver Island has 41.

Three people died from the virus over the last 24-hour reporting period. The total death toll from COVID-19 is now 1,397.

Official health authority statement on March 11, 2021
COVID-19: B.C. allows outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people

March 12 – 648 new cases, no deaths

A day after loosening restrictions around outdoor gatherings, B.C. reported 648 new cases on Friday, the second-highest single-day tally in 2021.

That surpasses a recent high of 634 cases on March 5, but is considerably less than Jan 7, when 761 new cases were reported.

There are now 5,070 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, including 255 people in hospital, 67 of whom are in intensive care.

Two new outbreaks — at Oceana Parc, an independent retirement residence in White Rock, and Ridge Meadows Hospital — were reported.

There have been no new deaths. B.C.’s death toll remains at 1,397.

In a statement, the provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, and Health Minister Adrian Dix reiterated that the order allowing for gatherings of up to 10 people only applies for outdoor meetups, not indoors.

Official health authority statement on March 12, 2021
COVID-19: 648 new cases Friday with an outbreak at Ridge Meadows Hospital

March 15 – 1,506 new cases, 10 deaths

On Monday, health officials announced an additional 1,506 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed from March 12 through 15.

Since the start of the pandemic in B.C. just over a year ago, there has been 88,373 cases. Of those, 4,987 remain active.

Another 10 people also died over the weekend, bringing the COVID-19 death toll up to 1,407. Another 269 people remain in hospital for treatment, of which 76 are in intensive care.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said there are outbreaks at three long-term care facilities, down from 42 just two months ago, which is a sign that vaccines are making a difference.

The province has administered 409,103 doses of vaccine, and just over 87,000 people have received two doses, Henry said, adding mass clinics that began Monday are expected to ramp up quickly over the coming months.

Official health authority statement on March 15, 2021
COVID-19: Outdoor religious services coming soon, indoor services in April

March 16 – 556 new cases, no deaths

British Columbia recorded another 556 cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, and no new deaths.

In a joint statement, B.C. health minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there are now 4,999 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 9,511 people under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

Of the active cases, 290 people are in hospital, including 84 in intensive care.

Variants of concern account for 116 of new COVID-19 cases. In total, there have 996 cases linked to variants in B.C. but only 130 are considered active cases.

“This includes 921 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 41 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 34 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant,” the statement said.

Official health authority statement on March 16, 2021
COVID-19: Prince Rupert now vaccinating all adults as 556 new cases reported in B.C.

March 17 – 498 new cases, four deaths

B.C. reported 498 new cases, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in the province since the start of the pandemic to 89,427.

Out of this, 4,851 cases are deemed active, including 281 people who are in hospital, 83 of whom are in intensive care.

An additional four people have died from the virus. The total death toll to date is 1,411.

The province was unable to provide an update to the number of variant cases because of a lab sequencing issue. As of Tuesday, there have been 966 confirmed cases of COVID-19 involving variants of concern in B.C.

B.C.’s age-based community vaccination is ongoing. So far, 444,140 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines have been administered, including 87,093 second doses.

Official health authority statement on March 17, 2021 
COVID-19: Horgan sees ‘more flexibility’ for the vaccinated as B.C. reports 498 new cases

March 18 – 622 new cases, eight deaths

On Thursday, B.C. reported 622 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 90,049 cases in the province.

There are 4,941 active cases, including 286 people currently in hospital.

The majority of the new cases are in the Lower Mainland. Vancouver Coastal Health has 184 new cases; Fraser Health,  317; Island Health, 35; Interior Health, 30; and 50 in Northern Health. There were also two new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

COVID-19 variants remain a concern. There have been 136 new confirmed variant cases, bringing the total to 1,132 cases. Out of this, 143 are considered active.

Official health authority statement on March 18, 2021 
COVID-19: 622 new cases and eight additional deaths

March 19 – 737 new cases, two deaths

British Columbia officials say the province will use “every last drop” of available vaccine in its parallel COVID-19 vaccination programs.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix say the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has allowed health authorities to target outbreaks and help front-line workers, as the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are used for B.C.’s age-based vaccine rollout.

B.C. reported 737 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 90,786.

The province also reported two new COVID-19-related deaths, for a total of 1,421.

Henry and Dix say 490,022 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 87,139 of which are second doses.

There have been 68 new cases of variants of concern, bringing the total to 1,200 cases.

Official health authority statement for March 19
U.K. COVID-19 variant replacing existing virus in B.C., accounts for 12 per cent of new cases

March 22 – 1,785 new cases, 16 deaths over past three days

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said more young people are contracting COVID-19 and ending up in hospital, as the average daily case count rises. These cases among younger people are linked to social, community or workplace exposures, while the number of older people contracting the disease is going down due to immunizations.

On Monday, Henry reported 1,785 new cases of COVID-19 over the past three days and 16 deaths (including one historic death that was reclassified as being due to COVID). The average daily case number over those three days was 595, including 55 variants of concern a day.

There are now 5,290 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, of which 303 are being treated in hospital including 80 in intensive care. This is the highest number in hospital since Jan. 27.

Henry said B.C. was in the last stage of the pandemic, but average case counts were still rising as the immunization plan was rolled out. She said the only explosive outbreaks were in work places

So far, 452,247 people have received one of the three approved vaccines – including 87,161 who have received a second dose.

Official health authority statement for March 22
COVID-19: Fears over growing average daily vaccine stockpile in B.C.

March 23 – 682 new cases, 1 death

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has reported 682 new cases of COVID-19, of which more than 20 per cent are the more contagious variants of concern. She said that one person had died over the past day, bringing that total to 1,438.

There are 5,409 active cases of the disease in B.C. – of which 314 are being treated in hospital including 83 in intensive care – and 9,488 people are in isolation after being exposed to the disease.

There are no new health-care or community outbreaks.

Henry reported 470,340 people have received one of the three types of COVID-19 vaccine – which is 11 per cent of B.C.’s over-18 population.

“Starting today, letters will be sent to people 16 and older who are clinically extremely vulnerable to severe illness from COVID-19 to let them know they are eligible to receive an earlier vaccine through the age-based immunization program,” Henry said.

“Significant work has been done to identify those health conditions that would cause someone to be clinically extremely vulnerable, as well as to identify the people in our province who have these illnesses. For many, knowing that COVID-19 would compound what are already serious illnesses has created added challenge and stress – concerns that will soon be relieved.”

Henry has also amended her public health orders to allow outdoor church services.

Official health authority statement for March 23
COVID-19: People deemed ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ can book vaccine Monday

March 24 – 716 new cases, three deaths

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has reported 716 new cases of COVID-19, including 71 that are variants of concern.

Henry said there had been three new deaths over the past day, bringing that total to 1,441.

“There are 5,573 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 9,696 people under public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. A further 86,857 people who tested positive have recovered,” she said.

Of the active cases 303 are being treated in hospital — including 85 in intensive care.

Of the 1,581 cases of either of the three variants of concern, 148 are active.

There were 25,114 doses of vaccines injected on Tuesday. So far, 495,454 people in B.C. have received a vaccine.

• Official health authority statement for March 24
COVID-19: Horgan not concerned by threat of vaccine supply cuts from India and European Union

March 25 – 800 new cases, five deaths

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has reported 800 new cases of COVID-19 over the past day and five deaths.

She said there are now 5,856 active cases of the disease in B.C. — almost 300 higher than reported on Wednesday. Of those cases, 306 are being treated in hospital, including 79 in intensive care.

Of the cases reported, 191 are variants of concern. Henry said she expects the more contagious variants to take over as the most common form of COVID-19 in B.C.

There were a record 24,000 vaccines administered on Wednesday, with 523,459 people having received one of the three approved vaccines — including 87,212 who have received a second dose.

There is one new health-care facility outbreak at Chilliwack General Hospital.

Official health authority statement for March 25
COVID-19: Friends and family can visit loved ones in long-term care in B.C. as of April 1

March 26 – 908 new cases, three deaths

More than 900 new cases of COVID-19 were reported today in British Columbia, according to provincial health officials.

In a statement released Friday afternoon, officials reported 908 new cases of the coronavirus, the most cases reported in a 24-hour period this year. The previous high this year was 761, which was reported Jan. 7.

Today’s new cases brings the total number of cases of COVID-19 in B.C. up to 95,677.

Health officials are also reporting three more deaths for a total of 1,449 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Also, 140 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants were reported. So far there have been 1,912 cases of variants of concern, including 1,666 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 47 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 199 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant.

Currently there are 258 active variant cases in the province. The remaining people have recovered.

Official health authority statement for March 26
B.C. reports 908 new COVID-19 cases, third-highest daily total yet

March 29 – 2,518 new cases, six deaths

B.C. reported 2,518 cases of COVID-19 over the past three days and six deaths.

Of those cases, 329 were variants of concern. There are three variants circulating in B.C. The most common B117 variant is now proven to lead to worse infection in young people, as well as being more contagious.

The second most common P1 variant in B.C. is also more contagious and proven to be more resistant to COVID-19 vaccines than the initial form of the virus.

Of the 2,233 cases of COVID-19 variants in B.C. 1,915 are B117 and 270 are P1 and 48 are the South African variant.

Dr. Bonnie Henry said that indoor dining would be paused, while patio dining was permitted. Group fitness activities are also paused, while one on one fitness activities were allowed.

Indoor faith worship is also shuttered for three weeks, though outdoor services subject to a COVID-19 safety plan was permitted.

Official health authority statement for March 29
COVID-19: Henry shutters Whistler Blackcomb as deadlier P1 variant spreads in resort town

March 30 – 840 new cases, three deaths

There were 840 new daily cases on Tuesday but no deaths. More than 99,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in B.C. since the pandemic began and 1,455 have died.

There are 7,062 cases that are are considered active, including 312 patients who are hospitalized with COVID-19, 78 of whom are in intensive care.

There have been 320 new confirmed cases that are variants of concern in B.C. for a total of 2,553 cases.

Vancouver Coastal Health has recorded an increase in people contracting COVID-19 in Whistler. From March 22 to 28, it identified 218 new cases of COVID-19 in the resort community, bringing the total number of cases this year to 1,120. About 83 per cent of these cases are in people age 20 to 39.

Official health authority statement for March 30
COVID-19: B.C. records 840 new cases, offers AstraZeneca to Lower Mainland residents age 55-65

March 31 – 1,013 new cases, three deaths

B.C. recorded 1,013 new coronavirus infections Wednesday, the highest single-day tally in the province since the pandemic began.

Three additional deaths were reported, for a total death toll of 1,458.

The new cases bring the total number of COVID-19 cases in B.C. to 100,048. Out of the 7,405 active cases, 301 people are currently in hospital, 80 of whom are in intensive care.

There were 385 new cases at Vancouver Coastal Health and 458 new cases in Fraser Health. These two health regions have bumped up vaccinations for those ages 55 to 65, although slots at local pharmacies and the number of vaccines are limited.

Official health authority statement for March 31
COVID-19: B.C. sets daily record with 1,013 new cases, reports three more deaths

April 1 – 831 new cases, five deaths

B.C. recorded 832 new cases of the coronavirus and five additional deaths heading into Easter as health officials warn of large gatherings and travelling during the long weekend.

Even people who have received a vaccine shouldn’t get complacent, said Dr. Bonnie Henry, explaining it takes time for the vaccine to work and for the body’s immune system to kick in.

“If you do choose to spend time with anyone other than your immediate household this weekend, it must be outdoors” and with COVID-19 safety protocols in place, said B.C.’s provincial health officer.

Leisure trips and getaways that require an overnight stay remain high-risk, said Henry, who encouraged people to stick to day trips within their own communities. “If you are in doubt at all this weekend, just don’t go.”

The new cases brings the total of those diagnosed with COVID-19 in the province to 100,880, including 7,571 active cases. Out of the active cases, 296 people are in hospital, including 79 in intensive care. Five people died over the 24-hour reporting period, bringing total deaths to 1,463.

Official health authority statement for April 1
COVID-19: British Columbians urged not to travel, gather during Easter Day long weekend as 832 new cases reported

April 2-3 –  2,090 new cases

Health officials are urging British Columbia residents not to travel outside their community as the province set back-to-back records for the number of new COVID-19 cases recorded in a single day.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix say in a joint statement Saturday that B.C. had 1,072 infections in the last 24 hours, surpassing the previous highest daily total of 1,018 cases a day earlier.

Due to the holiday weekend, officials said some data — including hospitalizations, deaths and variant numbers — were not available.

Henry and Dix say an easy-to-use provincial booking system for vaccinations is expected to be available starting next week as B.C. runs two parallel streams to ramp up inoculation.

Appointments are currently being booked for people aged 72 and older, Indigenous people 18 and over as well as those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

Official health authority statement for April 3
COVID-19: B.C. sets back-to-back daily records as Canada’s case count passes a million

April 4-5 – 1,889 new cases, 23 deaths (since April 1)

Dr. Bonnie Henry said there had been 1,889 new cases of COVID-19 in the past two days, bringing the total of new cases to 3,979 over the past four days. The seven-day average daily case count is growing exponentially. There are 588 active cases of COVID-19 variants, or seven per cent of all active cases.

B.C. is in crisis with the arrival in force of the P1 variant, first identified in Brazil, that is more contagious and tougher on younger people than the common COVID-19 identified in late 2019.

The P1 variant has also hit the Vancouver Canucks, with 21 players and coaches now affected and the team’s season likely derailed.

Henry also reported that while 806,118 people in B.C. had received one of the three available vaccines, only 87,472 had been fully immunized with two shots, or less than two per cent of B.C.’s population.

She said that 23 people in B.C. had died from COVID-19 since April 1, bringing that tally to 1,486.

Official health authority statement for April 5
COVID-19: B.C.’s crisis deepens with a jump in variant cases and hospitalizations

April 6 – 1,068 new cases, three deaths

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported 1,068 new cases of COVID-19 over the past day – including 207 variants of concern.

Henry said she expected the most common variant in B.C. – the B117 mutation first identified in the U.K. – would account for around 60 per cent of all cases within a month.

This is particularly troubling because the variant is more contagious and has been found all over B.C.

The second most common P1 variant has accounted for cases in Whistler in mid to late February.

Henry said three people had died from COVID-19 over the past day – with the toll at 1,489.

There are 328 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 96 in intensive care. Of those in hospital 42 have the B117 variant and 20 have the P1 variant.

So far, 825,382 people in B.C. have received a vaccine including 87.474 who have received the required second dose.

Official health authority statement for April 6
COVID-19: No plan to suspend in-class learning in Surrey as daily case count soars

April 7 – 997 new cases, two deaths

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported 997 new cases of COVID-19 over the past day and two deaths.

She said there were 8,728 active cases of the disease (including 266 that are variants of concern) and that 330 people were in hospital. There are 105 people in intensive care.

With close to a million doses of vaccine now injected, Henry said B.C. had almost 20 per cent of its eligible population immunized.

“To date, 946,096 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 87,504 of which are second doses. This is almost 20 per cent of those who are eligible for a vaccine in B.C.,” she said.

Henry said second doses of vaccine would be administered up to four months after the first, as per National Advisory Committee on Immunizations guidelines released on Wednesday.

There has been 3,766 confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern in B.C. This includes 2,837 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant first identified in the U.K., 51 cases of the B.1.351 variant first identified in South Africa and 878 cases of the P.1 variant first identified in Brazil.

These variants are more contagious then the original coronavirus first identified in Dec. 2019.

Official health authority statement for April 7
COVID-19: Young people hit harder by third wave in B.C. | Close to 20 per cent of eligible people in B.C. vaccinated

April 8 – 1,293 cases, two deaths

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has reported 1,293 new cases of COVID-19 over the past day.

She said there were 9,184 active cases, of which 336 were being treated in hospital – including 101 in intensive care.

Henry said two people had died, bringing that toll to 1,493.

There has been 995,001 doses of vaccines administered in B.C.

Henry said the B.1.1.7 variant was taking over.

“It’s here, it’s increasing and causing more transmissions,” Henry said.

She said people with B.1.1.7 were not more likely to end up in hospital, based on current cases.

She also warned of “mutations of concern”, that were mutations of the three variants of concern in B.C.

Henry said genome sequencing would no longer be done on variant cases identified through a PCR test.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said there were 40 COVID-19 patients on ventilators in B.C.

There are 730 active ventilators in the province, with 146 in use, Dix added.

Official health authority statement for April 8
COVID-19: B.C. smashes daily record, new powers granted to shut down businesses

April 9 – 1,200 new cases, two deaths

B.C. recorded 1,262 new cases of COVID-19 in the province on Friday, bringing the number of active cases to 9,574.

Out of the active cases, 332 people are in hospital with COVID-19, including 102 in intensive care.

Two people have died over the last 24-hour reporting period, bringing the death toll to 1,495.

In total, B.C. has 109,540 cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began.

B.C. hit a positive milestone on Friday: It has now administered over a million doses — 1,025,019 — of Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines. Out of this, 87,606 were second doses.

Official health authority statement for April 9
Calls for stricter action in B.C. with COVID-19 variants projected to climb into May

April 12 – 3,289 new cases, 18 deaths

With a record number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care and the average daily case count soaring, the provincial health officer pleaded Monday with British Columbians to not leave their neighbourhoods.

“To get to the end as quickly as possible, there are things that we need to do now,” Dr. Bonnie Henry said, as she reported 18 deaths and 3,289 new cases over the past three days.

“That includes staying home, staying in your immediate neighbourhood as much as possible. If you live in North Van, you should not be travelling to Langley or to Richmond. If you live in the Lower Mainland, you should not be travelling to the Island. If you live in Penticton, you should not be going to Sun Peaks or Oliver or Kelowna right now. We need to only do those types of travel if it is essential, and nothing more.”

Henry said that half of all new cases of COVID-19 being reported in B.C. are variants of concern – in particular the B.1.1.7 variant that is significantly more contagious than the original virus identified in China in December, 2019.

She said that of the almost 10,000 active cases of the disease in B.C., 368 are being treated in hospital including 121 in intensive care. This is a record for COVID-19 patients in intensive care, with total hospitalizations close to the record set at the peak of the second wave in January.

B.C. is now in a third wave of COVID-19 infection.

Official health authority statement for April 12
COVID-19: Henry pleads with B.C. residents to stay close to home as pandemic worsens

April 13 – 873 new cases, two deaths

With COVID-19 case numbers rising and hospitalizations at a near-record high, B.C. Premier John Horgan has extended the provincial state of emergency.

On Tuesday, after B.C. reported 873 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths, Horgan indicated further restrictions may need to be brought in to slow transmission of the virus which has infected 113,702 British Columbians and killed 1,515 since the start of the pandemic.

The daily case total was reported as preliminary due to a data collection problem and subject to revision

There are currently 9,756 active cases of COVID-19 confirmed in B.C. and 377 individuals who are being treated in hospital for the disease, including 116 in intensive care.

Horgan said Tuesday he expected the provincial cabinet will consider legally binding travel restrictions and those talks will also likely examine the status of visitor bookings for hotels, bed and breakfasts and campsites.

“This is a difficult time for everyone,” said Horgan. “With the vaccine program well underway we can see hope on the horizon, but higher case numbers and variants mean that we need to draw back in some places instead of opening up.”

Official health authority statement for April 13
COVID-19: B.C.’s provincial state of emergency extended as variant cases surge

April 14 – 1,168 new cases, six deaths

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, has reported 1,168 cases of COVID-19 over the past day – and six deaths.

She said there were 9,821 active cases of the disease in the province, with 16,304 people under public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

“Of the active cases, 397 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 120 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation,” Henry said.

This is a record for the number of people in hospital with COVID-19 – 1,521 people had died from COVID-19 in B.C. since the pandemic began last March.

Health authorities administered almost 42,000 doses of vaccine across B.C. over the past day.

Official health authority statement for April 14
COVID-19: B.C.’s front-line worker vaccination program should resume as AstraZeneca gets nod from Health Canada

April 15 – 1,205 new cases, three additional deaths

More than 1,200 new cases of COVID-19 was reported in B.C. on Thursday.

Out of the 1,205 new cases, 301 were in Vancouver Coastal Health, 730 in Fraser Health, 38 in Vancouver Island Health, 69 in Interior Health, and 66 in Northern Health. One case was reported in a person who normally lives outside of Canada.

The new cases bring active cases in the province to 10,052. Hospitalizations continue to rise. There are 409 people in hospital, with 125 in intensive care.

There were three additional deaths reported, bringing the death toll in B.C. to 1,524 since the pandemic began.

Official health authority statement for April 15
COVID-19: Risk of transmission in schools low, said officials, as hospitalizations hit record high

April 16 – 1,005 new cases, six deaths

On Friday, B.C. recorded more than 1,000 new COVID cases, six additional deaths, and a third straight day of record hospitalizations, with 425 people in hospital with the coronavirus, surpassing the record of 409 set Thursday.

Out of hospitalized patients, 127 are in intensive care, up two from the previous day.

B.C.’s 1,005 new cases are spread across the province, with the majority in the populous Fraser Health, 536 cases,  and Vancouver Coastal Health regions, with 259 cases. There were 49 new cases in Vancouver Island Health, 110 in Interior Health, and 51 in Northern Health.

The more-transmissible variant cases remain an issue, with 5,739 confirmed cases in B.C. to date. Of these, 212 remain active.

There have been 117,080 cases of COVID-19 in the province since the pandemic began, with a total death toll of 1,530.

More than 1.28 million doses of vaccines have been administered, including close to 88,000 second doses.

Official health authority statement for April 16
COVID-19: More than 1,000 new cases, record hospitalizations as B.C. faces delay in Moderna shipments

April 17-19 – 2,960 new cases, eight deaths

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says a child aged less than two has died from complications related to COVID-19.

She said the infant lived in the Fraser Health region but was being treated at B.C. Children’s Hospital. While the child had pre-existing health conditions, Henry said the death was due to COVID-19.

There were 2,960 cases of COVID-19 reported over the past three days and eight deaths. There have been no new outbreaks at health facilities reported.

Meanwhile and despite the seven-day average daily case count starting to plateau Premier John Horgan has authorized police in B.C. to conduct roadside checks on random groups of people to ensure they are not travelling out of their health region.

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth will use the Emergency Program Act to allow police to issue fines to people travelling on non-essential business outside their health region.

Horgan said all current restrictions were being extended for five weeks and B.C. Ferries would stop taking bookings for RVs.

Official health authority statement for April 19
Infant dies from COVID-19 at B.C. Children’s Hospital

April 20 – 849 new cases, one death

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has reported 849 new cases of COVID-19 and one death over the past day.

Henry said there were now 9,145 active cases of the disease, of which 456 were being treated in hospital including 148 in intensive care. While hospitalizations are rising, average daily case count, active cases and the number of people in self isolation is falling. Those numbers had all been on the rise until today’s bulletin.

Of the active cases, 163 are related to one of the three COVID-19 variants circulating in B.C.

Henry said there had been two new health-care facility outbreaks, at the Surrey Memorial Hospital and Dawson Creek Hospital. The outbreak at the Long Lake Chateau in Nanaimo – leaving 11 active health-care facility outbreaks.

Official health authority statement for April 20
COVID-sick people arrive in B.C. from India as Trudeau ponders restriction

April 21 – 862 new cases, seven deaths

B.C. health officials reported 862 new cases of COVID-19 and seven deaths on Wednesday.

There now 8,906 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 13,135 people under public health monitoring.

Hospitalizations have jumped to 483 people with 164 being treated in intensive care.

Health officials have delivered just under 1.457 million doses of vaccine, but just 88,335 British Columbians have received the required two doses.

“For each person who gets vaccinated, we are all safer. When your turn comes up for one of the three vaccines, it is your turn to go. We strongly urge you to book your appointment as soon as you can. This is one of the important ways for you to do your part,” Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement.

Official health authority statement for April 21
COVID-19: Double mutant virus first identified in India is now in B.C.



GUIDES AND LINKS

Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

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