Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for March 6, 2021.

We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.

Check back here for more updates throughout the day. You can also get the latest COVID-19 news delivered to your inbox weeknights at 7 p.m. by subscribing to our newsletter here.


B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of March 5:

Total number of confirmed cases: 83,107 (4,901 active)
• New cases since March 4: 634
• Total deaths: 1,380 (4 new)
• Hospitalized cases: 255
• Intensive care: 66
• Total vaccinations: 311,208 people are immunized, including 86,865 who have had a second dose.
• Cases under public health monitoring: 8,861
• Recovered: 76,752
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 19

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B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

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


LATEST NEWS ON COVID-19 IN B.C.

2 p.m. – Outbreak declared at Kelowna General Hospital

Interior Health has declared another COVID-19 outbreak at Kelowna General Hospital.

As of Saturday morning, one patient and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19 in unit 5B. There is no evidence of COVID-19 transmission to other areas of the hospital at this time.

Interior Health says the outbreak in unit 5B is not linked to the ongoing outbreak in unit 4B, which was declared on Feb. 22.

The hospital remains open for appointments and emergency care.

12 a.m. – 634 new cases; new outbreak at Holmberg House Hospice in Abbotsford

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.

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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.

“The newly approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine is another tool in our immunization program that will help accelerate protection of people throughout our province,” said the provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, and Health Minister Adrian Dix in a joint statement.


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.

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

– With files from The Canadian Press

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