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B.C. records 446 new cases of COVID-19, 9 deaths Tuesday

Last Updated Jan 12, 2021 at 5:21 pm PDT

FILE - British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry addresses the media during a news conference at the BC Centre of Disease Control in Vancouver B.C, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Another 446 people have tested positive and nine people have died since Monday

The virus has now claimed 1,019 lives in this province

More than 62,000 people in BC have now been vaccinated against COVID-19

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — Nine more people in British Columbia have lost their lives to COVID-19 as the province records another 446 new cases since the last update Monday.

A large portion of cases continues to be recorded in the Fraser Health region, which saw 223 new infections Tuesday. Ninety-six new cases were reported in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 67 in the Interior Health, 46 in Northern Health and 14 in the Island Health region.

Health officials say 368 people are in the hospital, and of those, 72 are in the ICU.

Meanwhile, 7,238 people are under active public health monitoring.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix have also reported one additional health-care facility outbreak at Mount St. Joseph’s Hospital in Vancouver.

A total of 1,019 deaths have been linked to the coronavirus in B.C. since the beginning of the pandemic. A total of 58,553 cases have been recorded and 51,144 people who tested positive for the virus have recovered.

To date, 62,294 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 B.C. communities, using all available supply,” the statement reads.

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Acknowledging the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had on people’s lives and mental health, Henry and Dix noted the importance of staying active and connected with others safely.

“Things are different than what they were before the pandemic. But we have learned, we have adapted, and by following the orders and rules for a bit longer, we will soon get to the brighter days ahead,” Henry and Dix say.

If you need mental health support visit Bounce Back, Anxiety Canada, the BCCDC’s website.