State reports more than 600 virus cases since Friday

State reports more than 600 virus cases since Friday”

"This is, I don't need to say, our third wave, and knowing this, we need to chart our best path forward to manage this wave in British Columbia", Henry said.

There are now 9,937 active cases of coronavirus in the province, with an additional 15,900 people being monitored in self-isolation. A total of 101,216 people who tested positive have recovered.

Presently, one of the active cases requires critical care at the Respiratory Hospital.

Due to a data error, no variant of concern information was reported, she added.

The state reported 647 new cases of COVID-19 over the past three days and three additional deaths.

There are 13 active outbreaks in the healthcare system, 6 in long-term care and 7 in acute care. Two people died of the virus in the Island Health region, where the death toll has now reached 33 since the pandemic began.

She urged everyone to stick to their immediate neighbourhoods and only gather with small numbers of people outside as the province struggles to get the third wave under control.

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"If you live in North Vancouver, you should not be traveling to Langley, or to Richmond".

Henry also noted that a new order announced last week comes into effect Monday night, allowing WorkSafeBC and public health to shut down workplaces where they are seeing transmission of the virus.

The Virginia Department of Health's vaccine dashboard indicates that 1.8 million residents - or 21.3% of the state's population - have now received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. "And we can look towards the summer, when we'll have opportunities to be together again", she said.

As of Monday, British Columbians aged 65 or older, Indigenous people aged 18 or older, and those who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable can book their vaccine appointments.

"Everybody will be able to get vaccine by June".

Health Minister Adrian Dix noted that the province has the capacity to deliver many more doses daily than it is right now, but the supply is not yet high enough. Once you're registered you'll get.

"It is our collective efforts that have made the difference so far", Henry said.

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