British Columbia reports 417 new cases of COVID-19 to Island Health, 3,223 in the province

British Columbia health officials are reporting 3,223 new cases of COVID-19 province-wide on Thursday, including 417 linked to the Island Health region.

In the Island Health region, there are currently a total of 3,765 active cases of COVID-19 – the highest on record during the pandemic.

In a statement released to media, Dr Bonnie Henry says 324 people are hospitalized and 90 people in intensive care because of the virus. There are currently 31,817 active cases in British Columbia, which represents an increase of over 10,000 cases in the past seven days.

As of Wednesday’s figures, there have been 662 new cases of COVID-19 in Vancouver Coastal Health Region, 1,538 in Fraser Health Region, 417 in Island Health Region, 408 in Vancouver Health Region ‘Interior, 194 in the Northern Health Region and four new cases for people residing outside of Canada.

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There have been three additional virus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, none of which have been located in the Island Health region. This brings the total number of deaths in the province during the pandemic to 2,430.

Also as of Thursday, the total number of cases in British Columbia during the pandemic reached 273,731.

In terms of the province’s total immunization program, British Columbia has now administered a total of 9,552,369 doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Health officials say this equates to first doses for 92.4 percent of all eligible British adults in B.C. and 92.1 percent of all eligible people 12 and older.

In addition, 89.8% of all eligible adults received their second dose, for a total of 3,883,599 residents, and 24.1% of the population received a third dose (1,041,515 people).

From December 29 to January 4, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 16.5% of cases and from December 22 to January 4, they accounted for 41.1% of hospitalizations.

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