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B.C. records 420 COVID-19 cases ahead of long weekend

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

There have been six COVID-related deaths in B.C. in the past day

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has dropped slightly to 319

More than 2.7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered so far

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Friday’s B.C. COVID-19 case count rose a bit compared to the day before. There have been 420 new infections, compared to the 357 that were recorded in the previous 24-hour period.

There are 319 people in the hospital (down from 331 on Thursday), including 107 who are in the ICU (down from 113 on Thursday).

The province recorded six deaths, for a total of 1,667 since the pandemic began.

Of the new cases, more than half (240) were recorded in the Fraser Health Authority. Another fifth (84) of cases were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.

There are 4,507 active cases in B.C.

On the vaccine front, 2,744,020 doses have been administered, 142,406 of which are second doses.

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In a joint statement, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix are reminding everyone B.C. public health orders remain in place. They include a ban on non-essential travel and no indoor dining.

“On Tuesday, the details of the Restart Plan will be shared with everyone. At that point, you’ll be able to start to plan for what that means for you, your family and your business. There are no changes for individuals or businesses until that time,” they said.