Province reports 435 new cases, four deaths due to COVID-19

Interior Health has seen 47 new cases in the past 24 hours, on par with recent days

B.C. health officials are reporting 435 new cases and four further deaths due to COVID-19 over the past 24 hours.

Of those cases, 47 are in the Interior Health region, which now has 941 active cases with 50 in hospital, including 17 in critical care.

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Elsewhere in the province, there have been 107 new cases in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 221 in Fraser Health, 23 in Island Health and 37 in Northern Health.

In all B.C. hospitals, there are 241 in hospital with 68 of those in critical care.

The province now has 4,393 active cases, following its first dip below 4,000 cases yesterday for the first time since November 2020.

Of the province's total 71,387 cases, 65,618 have recovered while 1,263 have died.

Another 6,879 people are under active public health monitoring due to exposure to confirmed cases.

The province reported 155,585 doses of vaccine administered as of Tuesday, with 12,802 of those being second doses.

Only 1,089 shots have been given over the past 24 hours due to supply related delays in both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

On Monday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said she expects vaccine shipments received by the province to increase each day for the rest of the month.

Interior outbreaks continue

A new outbreak at Highridge Home and Singh House — located in a single building in the Parkcrest area — has produced six cases, all among staff. Visits to the facility have been suspended and Interior Health is conducting contact tracing.

The outbreak at Royal Inland Hospital has grown to 104 cases, with 36 patients and 68 staff testing positive to date. Of those cases, 42 remain active.

At Brocklehurst Gemstone Care Centre, there have been 25 cases affecting 17 residents and eight staff, with two deaths connected to the outbreak and two active cases remaining.

The outbreak at Westsyde Care Residences has produced 26 cases, with 22 active. There, 14 residents and 12 staff have tested positive.

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