Province reports 449 new COVID-19 cases, nine further deaths

British Columbia has 449 new cases of COVID-19 and nine further deaths attributed to the disease over the past 24 hours.

The Interior Health region saw 58 cases over the same period.

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Elsewhere in the province there have been 93 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 242 in Fraser Health, 19 in Island Health and 37 in Northern Health.

There are now 224 patients in B.C. hospitals, of whom 63 are in critical care units.

Of the province's 72,305 total cases, 66,603 have recovered while 1,278 have died.

Another 6,869 people are under active public health monitoring due to exposure to confirmed cases.

Over the past 24 hours, the province has continued a vaccination effort that has been hindered by low supply, administering 2,090 doses of either the Pfizer of Moderna vaccines.

To date, the province has delivered 159,887 total doses, of which 15,684 are the second of the two required doses.

Kamloops outbreaks continue slow growth

Outbreaks in the city continue to produce cases.

On Thursday, additional cases were reported at Westsyde Care Residences and Brocklehurst Gemstone Care Centre.

There are now 17 active cases at the Westsyde group home and a total case count of 27, with 15 residents and 12 staff affected. One death is linked to the outbreak there.

The Gemstone long-term care home, meanwhile, has one new case — the first since Feb. 2 — and three active cases. There have been 27 cases at the facility, affecting 18 residents and eight staff, with two deaths linked to the outbreak.

The outbreak at Royal Inland Hospital stands at 105 cases, with no growth reported on Thursday. There have been 69 staff and 36 patients who have tested positive to date. One death is linked to the hospital outbreak, which is contained to the COVID ward.

Highridge Home and Singh House, a group home in the Parkcrest area, has no new cases and stands at nine positive tests, with one resident and eight staff affected. Eight cases remain active there.


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