VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Health officials in B.C. say the risk of COVID-19 transmission in long-term care and in communities remains too high to lift restrictions, as they announce nine more people have died from the virus in the last 24 hours.
In a joint statement Friday, Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced 508 more people have been contracted the coronavirus in the last 24 hours.
On the heels of an announcement of how the province will proceed with immunization, Dix and Henry remind British Columbians that following guidelines and public health orders continue to be critical.
“We need to remember our risk remains high right now, even as we protect more and more people with vaccine. We are not at the point where we can lift restrictions in our community or long-term care,” they write.
“We must continue to use our COVID-19 layers of protection and do all we can to stop transmission in our communities right now.”
BC's #covid19 update Jan 21
Steady (but still high) new cases
Active cases & ppl isolated trending down
LTC outbreaks going down
Avg of more than 10 ppl dying every day in January
Acute care outbreaks still high
Better but a long way to go#bcpoli @NEWS1130 https://t.co/bNNqec8GoA pic.twitter.com/RBWbOY2ajH
— LizaYuzda (@LizaYuzda) January 22, 2021
So far, 110,556 doses of the vaccine have been administered. Of those, 2,202 are second doses.
A new outbreak has been declared at the North Fraser Pretrial Services Centre in Port Coquitlam, and outbreaks have been declared at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, and Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster.
A total of 315 people are hospitalized, 74 are in intensive care.