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BC reports 509 new COVID-19 cases

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:39 PST, Fri January 15, 2021

Last Updated: 3:40 PST, Fri January 15, 2021

BC health officials reported 509 new cases of COVID-19 today, including nine that are epidemiologically linked, for a total of 60,117 cases in BC.

Of the new cases, 101 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 260 in the Fraser Health region, 13 in the Island Health region, 86 in the Interior Health region and 49 in the Northern Health region.

There are 4,604 active cases in the province and 349 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 68 of whom are in intensive care. A further 7,132 people are under active public health monitoring.

Nine more people lost their lives due to COVID-19. There was also one new healthcare facility outbreak and one was declared over. There remain 59 active outbreaks in the sector, 49 in longterm care or assisted living facilities and 10 in acute care units. 

To date, 75,914 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in BC. And as of today, thousands of people working and living in longterm care homes, healthcare workers and those in remote or at-risk Indigenous communities have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

BC health officials said they were disappointed to hear about the short-term delay in the delivery of some of the Pfizer vaccines to BC in the coming weeks as the company upgrades its production facility. 

“We are working closely with the federal government to determine how this might impact our immunization rollout in the immediate term, and we will have more to share in the coming days,” said officials in a statement.

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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