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B.C. records more than 500 cases of COVID-19, six deaths

Last Updated Feb 19, 2021 at 4:27 pm PST

FILE -- Dr. Reka Gustafson, B.C.'s deputy provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health provide a COVID-19 update in Vancouver, British Columbia on Friday, February 19, 2021.
Summary

The province has reported 72 confirmed cases of variants of concern

Early evidence is in on the immunization of our seniors in long-term care, which is very encouraging

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — B.C. is reporting another 508 cases of COVID-19, and six more deaths in the last day.

The province also reported 72 confirmed cases of variants of concern. Fifty-two of those cases were B.1.1.7, which was first discovered in the U.K. The other 20 are the B.1.351 variant, which was first discovered in South Africa.

Dr. Reka Gustafson spoke to reporters Friday, saying the early evidence is in on the immunization of our seniors in long-term care, which is very encouraging.

“We are seeing a decline in outbreaks,” she said. “A local assessment of effectiveness has shown us that there’s substantial protection in the frail elderly from vaccination.”

She calls it an important finding “because this is the population at highest risk of severe illness.”

“It’s not a population that always responds particularly well to vaccine. So, this is actually an extremely good finding for us,” she added.

To date, more than 192,000 doses have been dispensed across B.C.

Yesterday was a big day, with more than 12,000 people receiving the shot, which is the highest number administered in B.C. a single day so far.