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COVID-19 cases in B.C. take small dip in nearly a week

Last Updated Jan 5, 2021 at 5:38 pm PST

FILE - Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Courtesy B.C. Government, Flickr.)

Eight more people have died from COVID-19 in B.C. and 428 more people have tested positive for the virus

The number of patients in hospital is at 367, and 77 of them are being treated in the ICU

Meantime, the provincial state of emergency has been extended until Jan. 19

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — While B.C. continues to report a high number of COVID-19 cases and deaths, the province’s top doctor says she hopes the trend we saw in mid-December with minimum transmission will continue.

New infections were under the 500-mark for several days at the end of December before jumping up again on New Year’s Eve.

“The more people we see, the higher our risks are, which is why keeping our groups small and using our layers of protection is so important right now,” Dr. Bonnie Henry says in a release.

In the last day, COVID-19 has claimed another eight British Columbians’ lives and infected 428 more people.

B.C. has now recorded a total of 54,629 cases and 954 deaths.

The number of hospitalizations because of the virus is still high, with 77 of the 367 patients in intensive care.

This is the first day cases dipped below while St. Paul’s hospital is facing its third outbreak, this time in the heart centre.

Meanwhile, a public alert has been issued for the Revelstoke region, where community transmission and new cases of COVID-19 have increased substantially in recent days.

Henry added, so far, 28,209 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in the province.

“Our focus is to ensure we safely deliver the vaccines as quickly as possible to communities across the province, using all available supply,” the statement reads.

“While the focus is on first-priority populations in the next three months, as new vaccines are approved and additional supply becomes available, we will incorporate the additional doses into our distribution to enable as many people as possible to be immunized as soon as they can.”


Meantime, the provincial state of emergency has been extended again, through the end of the day on Jan. 19.


– With files from Kathryn Tindale