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BC surpasses 1,000 COVID-19 deaths

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 3:59 PST, Mon January 11, 2021

BC has surpassed 1,000 deaths from COVID-19, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said today.

Twenty-two new deaths since Friday bring the overall total to 1,010.

“These of course are our grandparents, our friends, our aunts, our uncles, our sons and daughters,” said Henry.

She also reported 538 new doses from Friday to Saturday, 507 from Saturday to Sunday and a further 430 in the last 24 hours. Nine of the weekend’s cases are epidemiologically linked, bringing the cumulative total to 58,107.

Of the new cases, 287 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 736 in the Fraser Health region, 59 in the Island Health region, 217 in the Interior Health region, 173 in the Northern Health region and three in people who normally live outside Canada.

There are 5,220 active cases and 358 people hospitalized with COVID-19, 72 of whom are in critical care. At least 7,313 people are being actively monitored, not including people in the Northern Health region.

Henry reported six new healthcare outbreaks and declared four over. Outbreaks in the healthcare sector are currently affecting 1,364 residents and 669 staff members. A new community outbreak was also declared in the First Nations community of Canim Lake in the Interior Health region.

Nearly 60,000 people have been vaccinated as of yesterday. BC has used 48,533 of its 50,700 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and Henry said all doses are expected to be used by today. More doses will arrive in the coming days. Meanwhile, 11,369 of 20,500 Moderna doses have been administered, with an additional shipment due this week.

Henry called the decision to wait 35 days before administering a second dose “a science-based approach that takes into account the limited amount of vaccine we have at this point.”

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: http://www.bccdc.ca/ or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

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