Past 24 hours shows 1,001 new cases, four further deaths due to COVID-19

B.C. health officials are reporting 1,001 new cases of COVID-19 and four further deaths over the past 24 hours.

Hospitalizations have eased slightly, down to 486 in hospital with 160 of those patients requiring critical care in ICUs.

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The Interior Health region saw 93 new cases over the past 24 hours. Elsewhere, there were 215 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 626 in Fraser Health, 26 in Vancouver Island Health, 39 in Northern Health and two new cases in non-residents of Canada.

A new outbreak was also reported in Interior Health on Friday, at the Sandalwood Retirement Resort in Kelowna.

The province currently has 8,842 active cases, with another 12,608 people isolating due to exposure to the virus.

B.C.'s death toll stands at 1,554.

On the vaccine front, B.C. has administered another 41,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, bringing its total to 1,542,066 doses given, including 88,663 second doses.

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

Under its age-based program, B.C. is currently vaccinating those age 60 and older (born in 1961 or earlier). Other groups currently eligible include those deemed clinically extremely vulnerable and Indigenous people age 18 and older.

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

Those who have received their first shot already should also be registered online to receive a booking invitation for a second dose at a later date, according to the province.

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