BC health officials report 509 new COVID-19 cases, nine additional deaths

17 Janvier, 2021, 06:28 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • South African strain of COVID-19 identified in BC resident

Dr. Waters says fear of the virus leads some to cast blame on others, or resort to racist comments, which do nothing to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The number of those in intensive care is also down, falling from 74 to 68 in a single day.

The new cases boosted the North's total case count to 2,745 and the provincial total to 60,117.

There have been nine new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,047 deaths in British Columbia. The outbreaks at Villa Cathay and Wingtat Game Bird Packers are now over.

There are 52 active outbreaks in long-term care facilities in B.C. The weekly COVID-19 Long-Term Care, Assisted Living and Independent Living Outbreak report shows the worst active case is at Little Mountain Place in Vancouver with 41 resident deaths, followed by the Agecare Harmony Court care centre in Burnaby with 30 deaths.

As well, health officials confirmed a short-term delay in the delivery of some Pfizer vaccines, due to upgrades at the pharmaceutical company's production facility.

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Currently, 7,132 people are under active public health monitoring and 53,115 people who tested positive have recovered.

"We are working closely with the federal government to determine how this might impact our immunization rollout in the immediate term", the statement says.

The update comes as the province continues its vaccination efforts.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix were scheduled to announce the new numbers in a written statement Wednesday afternoon, but that statement had not been released as of 4:20 p.m.

Of the new cases, 253 were in the Fraser Health region, 102 in Vancouver Coastal Health, 115 in Interior Health, 21 in Vancouver Island Health and 45 in Northern Health.

"We must never forget how far we have come by working together", Henry and Dix said.

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