B.C. marks 100,000 COVID-19 cases with daily record of more than 1,000

The 1,013 new cases reported on March 31, 2021, are the most every recorded in a single day.

B.C. health officials are reporting 1,013 new cases over the past 24 hours and three additional deaths due to the disease.

The province has now seen a total of 100,048 cases of COVID-19 since it was first reported on Jan. 28, 2020.

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There are now 7,405 active cases, with 301 poeple  in hospital, 80 of whom are in intensive care. In Inteior Health, there are 15 people in hospital, of whom eight are in intensive care.

Another 11,468 people are under active public health monitoring due to exposure to confirmed cases.

Of the new cases, 64 are in the Interior Health region. Elsewhere, there were 458 cases in Fraser Health 385 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, , 60 cases in Northen Health and 47 cases in Island Health.

The three deaths reported on Wednesday (March 31) bring B.C.'s death toll to 1,458. One of those deaths was in Interior Health, which has recorded a total of 115 COVID-19-related deaths.

Two new hospital outbreaks were reported in the Interior Health region on Wednesday, at Kelowna General Hospital in unit 4E and at Vernon's Royal Jubilee Hospital's Level 3 surgical unit.

Variant case data was not made available by the province on Wednesday. The province blamed a delay in sequencing analysis. Positive tests in B.C. are screened by genomic sequencing for variants of concern. Lately, a steep rise in variant cases has been seen, leading to renewed public health orders and restrictions.

As of March 30, there had been 2,553 variant cases reported so far in B.C., of which 313 are active.

On the vaccine front, B.C. has now administered 756,080 doses, with 87,351 being the second of two required shots.

Those ages 73 and older (born in 1948 or earlier) and all Indigenous people ages 18 and older are currently eligible to book an appointment. For more information, go online to immunizebc.ca.

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