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Don't make Super Bowl 'superspreading day', warns Dr. Bonnie Henry

Last Updated Feb 4, 2021 at 3:48 pm PST

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B.C. records 465 new COVID-19 cases, six deaths Thursday

Dr. Bonnie Henry and Adrian Dix urge British Columbians to watch Super Bowl safely on Sunday

The province will provide modelling data Friday morning and update current health orders

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Ahead of Super Bowl weekend, provincial health officials are calling for caution as B.C. records 465 new COVID-19 infections Thursday.

In a joint statement, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix report that another six people have died because of the virus, reaching a total of 1,240 deaths in B.C.

“As we make plans for the weekend ahead, let’s ensure we don’t make the Super Bowl a superspreading day, by making safe choices. This is especially important given we are still learning about the full impact of the variants of concern now in our communities,” reads the statement.

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So far, 145,567 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., with 8,097 of those being second shots.

Henry and Dix note the COVID-19 curve is “slowly moving downward.”

There are 257 patients in hospital because of the virus, with 76 of them in intensive care.

Across B.C., there are 4,447 active cases of COVID-19.

There’s a new healthcare outbreak at Mountain View Manor, while the one at Chartwell Malaspina Care Residence is over.

The province will provide modelling data Friday morning, as well as announce if current health orders will change.