VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — Provincial health officials are reporting 1,478 new COVID-19 cases, and eight more deaths in B.C. over the last three days.
A statement from Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Monday says there were 532 new cases from Feb. 26 to 27, 508 new cases from Feb. 27 to 28, and 438 new cases in the past 24 hours.
The bulk of new cases are concentrated in the Fraser health region, with 857. Vancouver Coastal Health has reported 327.
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Forty-two of the new cases are variants of concern. The total number of active cases is 4,464, with 236 people in hospital, 65 of whom are intensive care.
Monday’s update comes in the wake of the province’s announcement of how the vaccine rollout will proceed.
“Today, we begin Phase 2 of our COVID-19 immunization program, which will immunize more than 400,000 people in B.C. between March and early April,” the statement reads.
“Phase 2 continues to focus on high-priority, higher-risk individuals, in advance of the age-based general population immunizations that will follow.”
At this time, 275,681 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 83,777 of which are second doses.
“Every day we are one step closer to widespread community immunity and post-pandemic life. Let’s ensure we are continuing with our efforts until we get there,” the statement concludes.