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B.C.'s high COVID-19 case counts continue, with nearly 1,000 Wednesday

Last Updated Apr 8, 2021 at 12:56 am PDT

FILE - Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Courtesy B.C. Government, Flickr)

B.C. has recorded another 997 COVID-19 infections

Two more people have died of COVID-19

Nearly 950,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in B.C.

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – B.C.’s trend of recording about 1,000 COVID-19 cases per day continued into Wednesday, with 997 infections.

Two more people have died of the illness.

The province says more than 300 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, about a third of whom are in intensive care.

A joint statement from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix says there have been 3,766 confirmed cases of variants of concern, 266 of which are currently active.

The B.1.1.7 is the most common one, with 2,837 cases. The next most common is the P.1 variant at 878 cases.

Nearly 950,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C. so far, including just over 87,000 that are second doses.

Currently, British Columbians aged 70 and up can book an appointment for a vaccine, as can Indigenous people aged 18 and up and those deemed clinically extremely vulnerable. Metro Vancouverites aged 55 to 65 can call a local pharmacy to schedule their vaccination.

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In their statement, Henry and Dix reiterated a message they have been sharing since the start of the pandemic, which is for everyone to do their part to help flatten the curve.

“We know that no matter what mutation may be prevalent, following all of the public health orders and using all of our layers of protection – without exception – is the best thing we can do to keep ourselves and each other safe. We all have a choice – to bend the rules, or do our part to flatten our curve. No matter how tired of this pandemic we may be, let’s make the right choice today.”