Province reports 509 new cases, nine further deaths due to COVID-19

Interior Health accounts for 86 of the new cases

B.C. health officials are reporting 509 new cases of COVID-19 and nine further deaths due to the disease.

Interior Health accounts for 86 of the new cases and two of the deaths reported Friday.

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Elsewhere in the province there were 101 new cases in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 260 in the Fraser Health region, 13 in the Vancouver Island Health region and 49 in the Northern Health region.

There are now 4,604 active cases in the province with 349 in hospital and 68 of those patients in critical care.

Another 7,132 people are under active public health monitoring due to exposure to confirmed cases.

Of the province's total 60,117 cases, 53,115 have recovered while 1,047 have died.

The two deaths in the Interior Health region occurred at Vernon's Heritage Square long-term care home.

On the vaccine front, 75,914 people have now received a first dose of the vaccine in B.C.

An update on the number of vaccine doses supplied to the province as of Friday was not provided.

A joint statement from Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry also addressed the news that supply of the Pfizer vaccine will be delayed in the short-term.

"We are working closely with the federal government to determine how this might impact our immunization rollout in the immediate term, and we will have more to share in the coming days," the statement reads.

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