Province reports 799 cases of COVID-19, including 96 in Interior Health

B.C. has another 799 cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, as hospitalizations remain elevated in the province.

There are currently 500 people in hospital, with 164 of those patients requiring critical care in ICUs.

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Of the new cases, 96 were in the Interior Health region. Elsewhere, there were 121 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 534 in Fraser Health, 28 in Island Health, 16 in Northern Health and four new cases in non-residents of Canada.

No deaths were reported in the past 24 hours. The province's death toll stands at 1,571.

There are now 8,089 active cases in B.C. and another 11,792 are self-isolating and being monitored by public health.

Over the past 24 hours, B.C. has administered another 35,756 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, for a total of 1,671,128, including 89,035 second doses.

Anyone wishing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine via the province's age-based program should register online to receive an invitation to book an appointment.

The province is currently vaccinating those ages 59 and older (born in 1962 or earlier) under its age-based program, Indigenous people age 18 and older and those deemed clinically extremely vulnerable.

Other campaigns are underway to vaccinate in hot spots, and some remaining doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine are available via pharmacies.

Registration is also advised for those who have already received their first dose, and for those who have received a dose via a pharmacy, in order to schedule a second dose.

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