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12 a.m. – 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.”
B.C. VACCINE TRACKER
LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information
Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.
–with files from The Canadian Press