B.C. reports 682 new cases of COVID-19, one further death

B.C. health officials are reporting 682 new cases of COVID-19 and one further death due to the disease.

Tuesday's report continues a recent trend of elevated case counts in the province, occurring mostly in the Lower Mainland.

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There have been 229 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 333 in Fraser Health, 19 in Vancouver Island Health, 23 in Northern Health and two new cases in people who live outside Canada.

Interior Health's share of the new cases is 76, however, the province says 36 of those cases are "historical" and a result of a review of 2020 case data.

The province's active case count continues to climb, now up to 5,409. There are currently 314 in hospital with 83 of those patients in critical care.

Of B.C.'s 93,253 total cases, 86,307 have recovered while 1,438 have died.

More cases caused by variants of concern have been reported, as well, and the province's total variant case count stands at 1,510, with 144 further cases reported on Tuesday. Of the total variant of concern cases, 1,357 are the U.K. variant, 43 are the South Africa variant and the Brazil variant accounts for 110 cases. Of all variant cases, 171 remain active in the province.

On the vaccine front, 557,508 total doses have now been administered, with 87,168 of those being the second of two required doses.

Beginning on Tuesday, the province is now reaching out to those age 16 and older who have been deemed "clinically extremely vulnerable," which covers conditions such as severe respiratory conditions, cancer under certain conditions, transplant patients, rare blood diseases, late stage kidney disease patients and others. A complete list is available on the province's COVID-19 vaccine and immunization website.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has also amended her public health orders on events and gatherings to allow for outdoor religious services, as she indicated she would do last week. Further details, however, were not provided by the province on Tuesday.

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