Health officials in British Columbia have reported that a second record in the pandemic had been set in the last two days. Health Minister Adrian Dix stated that 178 people were in intensive care as of Thursday. He released this statement one day after the province set a record for most hospitalizations, at 515. Over the same 24-hour period, Dr. Bonnie Henry announced 853 new cases of the disease. Dr. Henry also reported a single death that was caused by a new coronavirus variant. Henry said a total of 1,577 people have died since the start of the pandemic.
In British Columbia, there are 7,996 active cases of COVID-19 right now. An additional 11,628 people are being monitored by health officials because of exposure to known cases of the coronavirus.
Dr. Henry also noted that there have been 1,749,375 doses of vaccine were given out in the province, 90,296 of which are second doses. Roughly, around 32 percent of the population in British Columbia has been vaccinated.
Henry advised that there is a lot more work to be done if the pandemic is to be put under control.
“We are in a tug-of-war with COVID-19, and I know most people are doing their very best…but when you get tired or frustrated or angry, as I know many people are right now, things can slip. We need to dig in our heels and use our collective effort and momentum to pull back. We can continue to be angry at this virus that has led to so much disruption and pain, but we need to hold steady in our efforts. We need to hold the line.”