B.C. COVID-19 numbers declining, slowly

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B.C.’s COVID-19 curve seems to be trending downwards, with 2,491 new cases reported over the weekend. In comparison, there were 2,960 over the previous weekend.

There were 881 new cases from Friday to Saturday, 847 from Saturday to Sunday and a further 763 in the last 24 hours. B.C.’s cumulative total has reached 126,249 cases.

Of the new cases, 466 were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 1,632 in the Fraser Health region, 82 in the Island Health region, 206 in the Interior Health region, 104 in the Northern Health region and one in a person who normally lives outside Canada.

There are 8,199 active cases and 484 of those people are in hospital, 158 of whom are in critical care. A further 12,340 people are under public health monitoring.

Over the weekend, 17 people lost their lives to COVID-19. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported the ages of the people who died: two were over 90, seven in their 80s, five in their 70s, two in their 60s and one in their 50s.

Henry also talked about an infant in the Interior Health region who died in January. COVID-19 was determined to be a factor in this child’s death following an investigation by the coroner’s office, which investigates all sudden and unexpected deaths in the province.

There was one new healthcare outbreak announced, leaving eight active outbreaks in long-term care and assisted living facilities and seven in acute care facilities.

To date, 1,635,372 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, 89,035 of which are second doses.

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.

Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Richmond Sentinel