Eight New COVID-19 Cases Reported Locally

Online booking tool for COVID-19 vaccinations to open on Tuesday

The daily COVID-19 case count in B.C. remains high, with 999 new infections between Saturday and Sunday, and another 890 between Sunday and Monday.

Henry said there had been 1,889 new cases of COVID-19 in the past two days, bringing the total of new cases to 3,979 over the past four days.

A total of 90 people are now in intensive care in B.C., Dix and Henry said in their statement.

The latest Island cases were among 2,090 added province-wide on Friday and Saturday, according to a written statement from provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix. Some patients hospitalized by COVID-19 are in hospitals outside of Hays County but are included in the county's numbers if they reside within Hays County, the local health department said.

"The most transmissive variants of COVID-19 are ultimately going to take over".

To date, 893,590 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in BC, 87,472 of which are second doses.

"Now is not the time to bend the rules - it's time for us to work together again to bend the curve", Henry said.

On Tuesday morning, the province's online vaccine registration portal is set to go live.

People born in 1950 or earlier, and those whom the province has deemed clinically extremely vulnerable will be able to register online to book their appointment, as will Indigenous people who are 18 and older. But the number of cases of the P.1 variant continues to rise, with a total of 737 now confirmed.

By race, 70.2% of county residents who've had COVID-19 are white, 25.4% are unknown or not specified, 2.6% are Black, 1% are listed as other, 0.7% are Asian and 0.1% are American Indian.

Of the 318 people in hospital, 60 are linked to variants of concern, he said.

He also noted that some individual hospitals are struggling with large numbers of COVID-19 patients, including Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver, Surrey Memorial Hospital and Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. As of last week, officials have cancelled indoor dining, in-person worship and group fitness classes. "When we say it's increasing among young people, still, the average age of someone hospitalized in Fraser Health is about 65".

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