Province reports 120 new cases of COVID-19, one further death

B.C. health officials are reporting 120 new cases of COVID-19 and one further death due to the disease.

Of the new cases, 43 are in the Interior Health region, where cases have not eased as much as they have in other parts of the province. Although, according to data from the BCCDC, new cases in Kamloops remain relatively low.

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Elsewhere in the province, there were 13 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 53 in Fraser Health, five in Vancouver Island Health, five in Northern Health and one in a person who is not a resident of Canada.

There are currently 1,451 active cases with 131 people in hospital, 44 of whom require critical care in ICUs.

The sole death reported on Thursday was a person in their 80s who died following an outbreak, now over, at Richmond Hospital.

B.C. health officials, including Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix, responded to new advice from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) and upcoming shipment delays for the Pfizer vaccine.

To date, B.C. has immunized 76.5 per cent of its adult population and 74.9 per cent of its age 12 and older population. That amounts to 4,231,871 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including 768,008 second doses.

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