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B.C. reports 508 new COVID-19 cases

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:14 PST, Fri January 22, 2021

B.C. health officials reported 508 new cases of COVID-19 today, including six that are epidemiologically linked.

The new cases bring the province's cumulative total to 63,484.

Of the new cases, 132 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 228 in Fraser Health, 13 in Island Health, 79 in the Interior, 55 in the Northern Health region and one new case of a person who resides outside of Canada.

There are 4,479 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 315 people are currently hospitalized with the virus, 74 of whom are in intensive care. An additional 6,719 people are under active public health monitoring.

To date, 110,566 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 2,202 of which are second doses.

Since yesterday, there were nine new COVID-19 related deaths for a total of 1,128 since the pandemic began. There were also two new healthcare facility outbreaks, both in acute care units. There are now 39 active outbreaks in long-term care or assisted living facilities and nine in acute care facilities. There was also one new community outbreak announced at the North Fraser Pretrial Services Centre.

"We need to remember our risk remains high right now, even as we protect more and more people with vaccine. We are not at the point where we can lift restrictions in our community or long-term care,” said health officials in a statement.

"We must continue to use our COVID-19 layers of protection and do all we can to stop transmission in our communities right now. This includes staying home when we are sick, getting tested, washing our hands, giving a safe distance to others and following our safety basics. It also means staying close to home and only travelling if it is essential. We have seen how travel even within our province can bring the virus from one place to another with ease. If we must travel, then we must, more than ever, continue to use our COVID-19 safety rules.”

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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