Since yesterday, there have been 800 more diagnosed COVID-19 cases in B.C., and 9,964 (was 9,696) cases are being actively monitored. (If you’re looking for a benchmark, here’s the news from one year ago today.)
- Total cases in B.C. since the pandemic began: 94,769. Of the new cases, the breakdown is as follows:
- Vancouver Coastal Health: 264 new cases
- Fraser Health: 381 new cases
- Island Health: 45 new cases
- Interior Health: 50 new cases
- Northern Health: 58 new cases
- Active cases: 5,856 (previously 5,573)
- Hospitalized cases: 306 (previously 303)
- Intensive care: 79 (previously 85)
- 5 new deaths (total 1,446)
- Recovered: 87,351
There have been 191 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern in our province, for a total of 1,772 cases. Of the total cases, 215 are active and the remaining people have recovered. This includes 1,549 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 47 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 176 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant.
To date, 610,671 (was 582,634) doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 87,212 of which are second doses. Vaccine appointment bookings are now open for people 75 or older, and Indigenous peoples over age 55.
Island Health Vaccination information
Only call in at 1-833-348-4787, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily, when you’re eligible. If you miss your initial age-based window, you can call anytime after you become eligible. Eligibility is now for anyone 85 and older, or Indigenous 65 and older.
Watch today’s statement
From today’s statement:
“One of our primary goals throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been to do all we can to protect those who are most vulnerable to the virus due to severe illness.
“We know our seniors and Elders – especially those residing in long-term care – have carried a disproportionate burden facing higher risks, combined with the isolation required to stay safe. Recognizing the majority of seniors and Elders in long-term care are vaccinated, starting on April 1, the visitor restrictions will be eased. For the presentation, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021HLTH0022-000551
“Through the ongoing dialogue with a wide range of faith leaders, we have also developed a limited variance to the gathering and events order allow for indoor services on four days between Sunday, March 28 and Thursday, May 13, 2021.
“Each faith can identify the days most appropriate for their faith – whether for Easter, Passover, Ramadan or Vaisakhi.
“The maximum capacity is 50 people, or 10% of the worship space capacity – whatever is less. There are a number of safety requirements and protocols that must be met by worship service organizers and attendees alike.
“The full details and requirements for service organizers and attendees are available on the provincial health officer’s website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/covid-19-novel-coronavirus
“While this is encouraging news, in parallel we have also seen a notable spike in the number of new cases, especially amongst those 19 to 39 years of age. This tells us some people are taking on more risk for themselves and their loved ones than what is safe right now.
“We remind everyone that although some outside activities are allowed, we must keep going with our protective layers. Until everyone has been protected with immunization, our protective layers must be the first and last thing we think about – whether at home, work, school or elsewhere.”
To view the March 18, 2021, immunization PowerPoint presentations, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/03.18.2021_COVID_Immunization_Plan.pdf
Access the BC COVID-19 dashboard for the latest case counts and information on recoveries, deaths, hospitalizations, testing and more:
Cases by Health Service Delivery Area
Click here (Updated weekly on Thursdays)
Previous provincial updates
- 1,205 new BC COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths, April 15, 2021 (includes modelling)
- 1,168 new BC COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths, April 14, 2021
- 873 new BC COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths, April 13, 2021
- 3,289 new BC COVID-19 cases, 18 deaths, April 12, 2021 (3 days)
- 1,262 new BC COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths, April 9, 2021
- 1,293 new BC COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths, April 8, 2021
- 997 new BC COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths, April 7, 2021
- 1,068 new BC COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths, April 6, 2021
- 1,889 new BC COVID-19 cases in the last two days, 23 death in the last four, as of April 5, 2021
- Two record days mean 2,090 new BC COVID-19 cases in BC, April 3, 2021
- 832 new BC COVID-19 cases and 5 deaths in BC, April 1, 2021
- With 1,013 new BC COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths in BC, March 31, 2021, BC surpasses 100,000 cases
- 840 new BC COVID-19 cases and no deaths in BC, March 30, 2021
- 2,518 new BC COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths in BC, March 29, 2021
- 908 new BC COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths in BC, March 26, 2021
- Yowza! 800 new BC COVID-19 cases and 5 deaths in BC, March 25, 2021
- 716 new BC COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths in BC, March 24, 2021
- 682 new BC COVID-19 cases and 1 death in BC, March 23, 2021
- 737 new BC COVID-19 cases and 16 deaths in BC, March 22, 2021 (3 days)
- Gah! 737 new BC COVID-19 cases and 2 deaths in BC, March 19, 2021
- 622 new BC COVID-19 cases and 8 deaths in BC, March 18, 2021
- Covid-19 vaccination update, March 18, 2021
- 498 new BC COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths in BC, March 17, 2021
- 556 new BC COVID-19 cases and 0 deaths in BC, March 16, 2021
- B.C’s first deployment of AstraZeneca vaccine in B.C.
- 1,506 new BC COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths in BC, March 15, 2021
- 648 new BC COVID-19 cases and 0 deaths in BC, March 12, 2021
- 569 new BC COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths in BC, March 11, 2021
- 531 new BC COVID-19 cases and 1 death in BC, March 10, 2021
- 550 new BC COVID-19 cases and 2 deaths in BC, March 9, 2021