B.C. records more than 3,200 COVID-19 cases over the weekend

Darnell Taylor
April 13, 2021

Henry said health officials would continue targeting hard-hit communities for mass vaccination - as was done in Prince Rupert and is being done in Whistler. If you live in the Lower Mainland, you should not be traveling to the island.

In Douglas County, 8,814 out of the 9,029 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 215 cases are active. This is a record for COVID-19 patients in intensive care, with total hospitalizations close to the record set at the peak of the second wave in January.

Of those, 368 patients are in hospital, including 121 people in critical care. According to the VDH, 3.1 million people - or 36.6% of the state's population - have gotten at least one vaccine dose, compared to 35.9% of the total USA population.

Henry announced two new outbreaks as well, at the Dufferin Care Centre and Sunset Manor, bringing the number of active outbreaks in the province's health-care system to 13.

Henry said about 50 per cent of the province's cases now involve variants of concern, particularly the B117 variant first identified in the United Kingdom, but she said she was unable to give exact numbers because of a data collection issue.

The latest infections also pushed the province's rolling weekly average to a new record of 1,129 per day.

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On Monday, Henry again implored British Columbians to do their part to help stop transmission of the virus, including not travelling outside their local health authorities unless absolutely necessary.

He said well over one million British Columbians have received at least one COVID vaccination so far.

"We will be targeting specific neighbourhoods as we have more information on where vaccine is needed", she said.

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.

Registering for a vaccine is not the same as booking the appointment to get your shot.

While Dr. Henry didn't express where restrictions are going, she said decisions to implement them aren't taken lightly, citing the physical and mental toll the measures have.

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