Province reports 559 new cases of COVID-19, including 43 in Interior Health

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said no new cases or deaths were detected in long-term care homes over the past 24 hours, pointing to the province's vaccination efforts

B.C. health officials have reported 559 new cases of COVID-19 and one further death over the past 24 hours.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said none of the new cases or deaths are related to long-term care homes, pointing to the province's vaccination efforts and focus on long-term care residents and health-care workers.

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"This is a success that we need to appreciate and celebrate, even as we are preparing now to be able to provide more vaccine to more people in our communities," she said.

To date, the province has administered 287,950 doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Of those, 58,896 are the second of the two required doses.

Henry said there have been "remarkable effects" following a single dose, noting data shows prevention is upwards of 80 per cent.

The province currently has 12 remaining long-term care home and assisted living facility outbreaks, in addition to five acute care unit outbreaks. All told, 415 residents and 218 staff are affected there.

The Interior Health region's share of the new cases is 43, on par with recent weeks but lower than the weekend average of 22 new cases per day.

Elsewhere in the province, there have been 132 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 278 in Fraser Health, 39 in Vancouver Island Health, 66 in Northern Health and one in a person who normally resides outside Canada.

There are now 4,677 active cases in the province, with 238 in hospital and 69 in critical care.

Another 7,881 are under active public health monitoring due to exposure to confirmed cases.

Of the province's 77,822 total cases, 71,753 have recovered while 1,336 have died.

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