Victoria, B.C (WNEWS)- B.C. has recorded the highest single-day number of new COVID-19 cases to date, with 1,013 confirmed cases and three more deaths.
In a written statement, health officials reported 1,013 new cases along with three additional deaths.
The surge continues to be driven by transmission in the Lower Mainland.
There are currently 7,405 active cases of coronavirus in the province, with public health monitoring 11,468 people across B.C. who in self-isolation because of COVID-19 exposure. A total of 91,066 people who tested positive have recovered.
A new outbreak has been declared at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, while the outbreak at Mission Memorial Hospital is now over.
Of the new cases, 385 were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 458 were in the Fraser Health region, 47 were in the Island Health region, 64 were in the Interior Health region and 60 were in the Northern Health region.
There were 301 people in the hospital, 80 of whom were in critical or intensive care.
So far, 756,080 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, with 87,351 of those being second doses.
Due to a delay in sequencing analysis, the province did not release an update on the number of COVID-19 variants of concern it has identified.
“To date, 756,080 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 87,351 of which are second doses,” said Henry.
There have been three new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,458 deaths in British Columbia.
Of the total COVID-19 cases, 301 individuals are hospitalized, 80 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
There are 7,405 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 11,468 people under public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. A further 91,066 people who tested positive have recovered.
Long-Term Vaccines Update
“We all have the same ability to spread the COVID-19 virus – no matter our age. We also know that regardless of where we work or what pre-existing health conditions we may have, the older we are, the higher our risk of severe illness.”
Henry adds that there will be expanded visitation in all long-term care facilities heading into the long weekend. However, she emphasizes that “safety plans must be followed, including wearing masks and staying away if you feel unwell.”
Travel for leisure or vacation outside of your local communities or regions must also be avoided. “The risk for all of us is too great, which means any of our usual travel and holiday weekend gatherings need to be put on hold this year.”
Henry added that there are “three important things to remember about the COVID-19 vaccines. First, everyone will have access to a safe and effective vaccine, and that remains on track to happen before Canada Day.
“Second, the more people who receive a vaccine, the safer we all are, which is why we are working around the clock to get vaccines into arms as quickly as possible.”
“Third, we don’t yet have enough people protected through the vaccines to be able to put aside any of our safety precautions, so we need to continue to follow all the public health orders and guidelines we have in place.”
In order to push the curve back down in the wake of surging cases of the virus, Henry encourages you to stay outside with your same group of close contacts.
“This is what will get us closer to putting COVID-19 behind us.”
11,468 (+304) people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases
7,405 (+343) active cases
91,066 (+665) recovered
756,080 (+31,887) vaccine doses administered
87,351 (+32) of which are second doses
Dr. Bonnie Henry is expected to bring an updated number on COVID19 in the province tomorrow, April 1 at 3 pm PDT.