B.C. reports 849 new cases of COVID-19, one further death

Case counts appear to be dropping, but hospitalizations still going up; Astrazeneca vaccine available at some Kamloops pharmacies for those age 40 and older

B.C. has another 849 cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours. One death linked to the disease was also reported Tuesday.

There are now 9,145 active cases in the province.

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Hospitalizations are continuing to reach record highs, with 456 reported in hospital on Tuesday and 148 of those patients requiring critical care in ICUs.

Of the new cases, 67 occurred in Interior Health residents. Elsewhere in the province, there were 247 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 474 in Fraser Health, 29 in Island Health, 31 in Northern Health and one new case in a non-resident.

Variants of concern continue to pose a threat to B.C.'s efforts to slow transmission.

On Tuesday, the province reported a total of 6,179 such cases discovered to date. Most (4,041) have been the U.K. variant, with the Brazil (P.1) variant emerging more quickly, with 2,062. There have been 76 cases of the South Africa variant. Of all variant cases, 163 remain active.

To date, the province has administered 1,414,644 doses of vaccine, with 88,263 of those being the second of two required doses.

A number of groups are currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Those ages 40 and older can currently register to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine at a pharmacy. A list is available online.

Other groups include those born in 1958 or earlier, Indigenous people 18 and older and those deemed clinically extremely vulnerable who have received a letter from their doctor.

All B.C. residents eligible to receive a vaccine can register to receive an invitation to book online at getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca.

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