National COVID-19: Eight new cases and four recoveries

B.C. reports fewer than 200 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths

The last time B.C. recorded fewer than 200 cases during one 24-hour reporting period was October 20, when officials announced 167 infections.

There is a data discrepancy between Island Health and the province, based on the timing of COVID-19 results.

There are 249 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 78 in intensive care - the lowest number of patients in hospital since March 9.

In all, there are 2,953 active coronavirus cases across the province, Henry said in the first update on the pandemic since Friday.

Vaccinations were up slightly yesterday, with a total of 53,173 jabs in arms, with 41,905 of those doses going to unvaccinated people, while 11,268 others received a second dose of vaccine.

To date, a total of 1,538,504 doses of the vaccine have been administered statewide.

As of Tuesday, more than 70 per cent of B.C. adults have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

However, she says, more second doses will be available sooner than expected as extra shipments of vaccine are due to arrive next month and beyond.

Government data shows B.C.'s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the province are having an effect.

They referred to Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) declaring earlier today that those who have had the AstraZeneca vaccine are eligible to choose to get an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) for their second dose.

"This latest guidance will help inform the approach we take here in B.C. for those who received the AstraZeneca COVISHIELD vaccine". Of the active cases, 254 individuals are now hospitalized, 80 of whom are in intensive care.

"We are in the middle of part one [of B.C.'s re-opening plan]".

Henry and Dix have urged the public to continue following the remaining restrictions and using their "layers of protection", which includes wearing masks, staying home when sick, and getting tested for COVID-19 when symptomatic.

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