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COVID-19 claims 12 lives in B.C., another 465 infections reported

Last Updated Jan 19, 2021 at 4:33 pm PST

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
Summary

12 more people died from COVID-19 and another 465 were infected

93,369 British Columbians have been immunized against the virus so far

The number of hospitalizations due to the virus has been going down, with 70 of the 329 patients in the ICU

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — As the province continues to vaccinate as many high-risk people against COVID-19, another 12 people have died from the virus.

In a joint release with Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix, they reported another 465 infections of the coronavirus Tuesday.

The number of hospitalizations due to the virus has been going down since last week, with 70 of the current 329 patients in the ICU.

While the province has had to rework its vaccine schedule — following a delay in shipments from Pfizer — 93,369 British Columbians have been immunized so far.

“The COVID-19 vaccines bring hope and challenge: Hope, knowing that in a few months many people will have immunity to this virus; and challenge because of the current limited supply – in B.C., Canada and around the world. The vaccines are our path forward to the brighter days ahead. However, until that path is wide enough for everyone, we must continue to focus on our individual efforts,” reads the release.

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Dix said earlier in the day that the Moderna vaccine will have to be the “workhorse vaccine for first doses” while awaiting more doses. He added the second doses are less of a concern compared to the delay in getting more people their first doses, which will rely on future deliveries.

Since the start of the pandemic, 1,090 people have died from COVID-19 in B.C. and 61,912 have contracted the virus.

There weren’t any new outbreaks to report, and the one at the Emerald at Elim Village in Surrey has ended.

According to Fraser Health, outbreaks are also over at Maple Ridge Seniors Village in Maple Ridge and Guildford Seniors Village in Surrey.