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B.C. records 519 COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths Wednesday

Last Updated Jan 13, 2021 at 5:59 pm PDT

FILE -- Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen at a lab, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, March 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Another 519 cases of COVID-19 were reported in B.C. on Wednesday

With 12 more deaths in the last 24 hours, we have now lost 1,031 people in this province since the start of the pandemic

More than 51,000 British Columbians have recovered from COVID-19

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — Another 519 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and 12 more deaths have been associated with the virus in B.C. since Tuesday’s update.

As of Wednesday, active cases have dropped to 4,810, with 51,893 cases having recovered since the pandemic began. The province says 360 people remain in hospital and 76 are in the ICU.

The recovery rate is up slightly to 87.8 per cent from 87.3 per cent Tuesday.

Since Tuesday, 9,050 British Columbians have been tested for COVID-19.

Cases are continuing to climb on Vancouver Island, which is marking one of its worst days in the health crisis with 34 new cases reported Wednesday.

Due to identified exposures, 7,260 people are under active public health monitoring.

The province has also announced an outbreak has been declared at the Cariboo Memorial Hospital.

In B.C. there is a total of 1,031 deaths and 59,072 cases recorded since the pandemic began.

In a joint statement, B.C.’s top doctor, Dr. Bonnie Henry says 63,430 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in the province.

“This will be the largest and most complex immunization program ever delivered in our province. It requires close alignment and coordination with public health teams, health authorities and many others in our health sector to ensure this is done safely and quickly,” she says in the statement.

Henry is also hearing that people in the province are wondering when they will have access to the vaccine. And she ensures vaccines are one their way and is the available supply will be distributed by a person’s level of risk.

More COVID-19 immunization information is available on the BCCDC website.