BC health officials report 446 new COVID-19 cases

Henrietta Strickland
January 13, 2021

There are now 185 active cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Island region, which includes the southern Gulf Islands and a portion of B.C.'s central coast.

One of the fatalities was within Island Health, where 13 people have died.

Currently, 7,238 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases, and there have been nine new COVID-19-related deaths, for a total of 1,019 deaths in British Columbia.

Most sick individuals are isolating at home, though 368 residents are being treated in hospital - an increase of 10 overnight.

Henry and Dix announced another health-care facility outbreak, at Mount St. Joseph's Hospital, bringing the total number of health-care facilities contending with outbreaks to 61.

To date, 62,294 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in the province.

173 of the 1,475 new infections found in B.C. have been attributed to the health authority.

Health Minister Adrian Dix confirmed five of the 22 deaths occurred in the North. Initially, it was linked to staff members at the resort who had reportedly violated rules against social gatherings.

According to Island Health, the entire population of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, also located in the mid-Island region, was recently vaccinated after experiencing a surge in cases.

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