British Columbia has recorded 427 new cases of COVID-19 as three more people succumbed to the disease, according to health officials.
The update was issued as a written statement from provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.
The pair claimed there are apparently 4,150 active cases of the virus in B.C., a figure that constitutes 232 individuals who are hospitalized. 63 of those are in intensive care.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, British Columbia has seen 74, 710 cases of the virus, overall, and 1,317 deaths.
“We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost loved ones to COVID-19,” Henry and Dix stated in their statement.
20 of the cases announced Wednesday are epidemiologically related, implying that the person involved did not test positive for the disease but was diagnosed because of contact with a known case or outbreak.
As of now, a total of 7,238 people are being watched by public health officials due to exposure to known cases of COVID-19.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has put a strain on all of us, but with kindness, compassion, and care for those around us, we will see it through,” Dix and Henry said. “Keeping our communities and each other strong is about taking care of our physical health and mental well-being, and supporting those around us to do the same.”
B.C. has now given 176,015 doses of coronavirus vaccines, including 26,030 second doses, and 69,167 individuals who have been found with the virus in the province are now deemed to have recovered.
With Wednesday’s announcement, the province’s rolling seven-day average for newly confirmed cases has dropped to 407. That is the lowest the average has been since November 6, which was also the last time it was under 400, at 395.
Many of the new cases reported Wednesday were in the Fraser Health region, where 236 cases were recorded. Meanwhile, Vancouver Coastal Health reported 90 cases, Interior Health recorded 47 new cases, Northern Health saw 31 cases, and Island Health saw another 18.
Dix and Henry said there had been no fresh outbreaks reported across the province, and two care home outbreaks, at Mountain View Manor in Delta and Sunnybank Retirement Centre in Oliver, are now over.
The two asked B.C. residents to continue following health orders and taking precautions to avoid transmitting COVID-10, and to encourage others around them to keep up their efforts too.
“It is not only our individual efforts that make the difference but the power of all of us working together that helps break the chains of transmission,” Henry and Dix said.