Interior sees 257 new COVID-19 cases, four deaths over three days

Over the past three days, B.C. has seen 1,330 new cases of COVID-19 and 31 more deaths attributed to the disease.

Four of the deaths occurred in the Interior Health region, including at least one in Kamloops. Of the new cases, 257 are in the Interior Health region.

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Elsewhere in the province, there have been 281 new cases in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 548 in Fraser Health, 65 in Vancouver Island Health, 166 in Northern Health and 13 among those who normally reside outside Canada.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the 13 cases in people who live outside Canada are mostly temporary foreign workers who have arrived for the coming season. She said these workers have been provided a place to quarantine, hotels, and necessary supports.

The province now has 4,326 active cases with 343 people in hospital, including 66 in critical care.

To date, of B.C.'s total 61,447 cases, 54,656 have recovered while 1,078 have died.

Another 6,865 people, not including those in the Northern Health region, are under active public health monitoring due to exposure to confirmed cases.

On the vaccination front, 87,346 doses have now been administered by the province, including 71,301 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 16,045 of the Moderna vaccine.

Henry said the expected delays for the Pfizer vaccine will occur in coming weeks and will delay movement into the next phase after March, but are otherwise expected to be temporary.

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