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15 COVID-19 deaths in B.C. as curve trending downward

Last Updated Jan 21, 2021 at 3:49 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

15 more people died from COVID-19 in B.C. and 564 infections were reported Thursday

The province notes the virus curve is 'trending in the right direction' but community transmission is still happening

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — While health officials say the province is heading in the right direction in its battle against COVID-19, another 15 people died from the virus in B.C. over the last day.

That brings the total to 1,119 deaths since the pandemic began.

In a joint release, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix reported another 564 new infections of the virus.

There aren’t any outbreaks to report in healthcare, however, there is a community exposure around Williams Lake.

“Despite our COVID-19 curve trending in the right direction, we continue to have new outbreaks, community clusters and high numbers of new cases. COVID-19 continues to spread widely in our communities,” the release reads. “We need to do everything we can to break the chain of transmission. Right now is the time to do that.”

The outbreaks are over at Vancouver General Hospital, Ridge Meadows Hospital, Hart House, Fleetwood Villa, Arbutus Care Centre, and Renfrew Care Centre.

Since vaccinations got underway, 104,901 doses have been administered.

There are currently 309 patients hospitalized because of the virus, with 68 in intensive care. For the last week, the number of patients in hospital has been dropping.

Active cases climbed to 4,450 and 56,010 people have recovered from the virus.

The scheduled live briefing Thursday was changed to a written statement instead. The province will detail the vaccine rollout Friday and what steps come next.