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B.C. officials: 542 new COVID-19 cases today

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:55 PST, Wed March 3, 2021

B.C. health officials reported 542 new cases of COVID-19 today as the province’s viral curve continues to slowly trend upwards.

Five of the new cases are epidemiologically linked, bringing the province’s cumulative total to 81,909 cases since the pandemic began.

Of the new cases, 131 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 292 in the Fraser Health region, 31 in the Island Health region, 43 in the Interior Health region, 44 in the Northern Health region and one new case of a person who resides outside of Canada.

There are 4,654 active cases in the province and 8,617 people under active public health monitoring. Of the active cases, 246 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 64 of whom are in intensive care. 

There have been 18 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern in the province, for a total of 200 cases. Of the total cases, 11 are active and the remaining people have recovered. This includes 176 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant and 24 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant.

To date, 289,809 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 86,616 of which are second doses. 

Sadly, there have been seven new COVID-19 related deaths since yesterday, for a total of 1,372 deaths in British Columbia. There have been no new healthcare facility outbreaks.

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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