B.C. has 740 new cases of COVID-19, four further deaths

B.C. health officials have reported 740 new cases of COVID-19 and four further deaths due to the disease.

Ninety-two of the new cases occurred in the Interior Health region. Elsewhere, there were 163 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 431 in Fraser Health, 32 in Island Health and 22 in Northern Health.

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Hospitalizations remain high, with 511 patients reported in hospital on Friday and 174 of those requiring critical care.

The province's active case count is easing, however, at 7,886 on Friday, with another 11,727 people under active public health monitoring due to exposure to confirmed cases.

With four further deaths reported Friday, B.C.'s death toll stands at 1,581.

The province is encouraging everyone to register on its Get Vaccinated website at getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca.

Those who do will receive an invitation to book an appointment. Currently, the province is vaccinating those 56 and older (born in 1965 or earlier), along with Indigenous people age 18 and older and those deemed clinically extremely vulnerable.

To date, B.C. has given 1,786,722 doses of vaccine, including 90,642 second doses.

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