British Columbia has reported 761 new cases of COVID-19 across the province in the past 24 hours, with 8 additional deaths during that period

Also on Thursday, Dr Henry announced that current public health regulations, which restrict gatherings and events, will continue until Jan. February were extended

Of the 761 new cases, 23 are linked to the Island Health Region. The 23 additional cases in Island Health occur one day after the agency announces a new daily record of 28 cases

There are currently 6 in British Columbia349 active cases, while 8849 residents continue to be subject to active public health surveillance

Dr Bonnie Henry says there are currently 372 patients in hospital – a decrease of seven from Wednesday – and 74 people are in intensive care because of the virus (a decrease of four)

There were 8 more deaths related to the virus on Thursday, bringing the total number of deaths in the province over the course of the pandemic to 970

As of Wednesday’s numbers, there have been 94 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 484 in the Fraser Health region, 23 in the Island Health region, 96 in the Interior Health region, and 64 in the Northern region Health Region and no new cases from people living outside of Canada

As of Thursday, the total number of cases in British Columbia over the course of the pandemic was 56015

Dr Henry notes that there has been a new outbreak of health care facilities at the assisted living facility at Ts’i’ts’uwatul’Lelum, Duncan – further details were released by Island Health on Thursday

There are now 51 active outbreaks in long-term care and assisted living, and ten in acute care facilities

Dr Henry also took a moment to review the current province health mandates, which have limited gatherings and events throughout B.C.

Noting that the province’s daily COVID-19 numbers have increased slightly over the past few days, she opted to extend the current restrictions, which came into effect on Aug. January should be repealed

“Now is our time to stay on course. We know what we have to do to get this curve back down. We did it before this winter break, and we have to do it again,” she said

This means the same requirements apply as before – restrictions on gatherings in people’s homes, suspension of events in public and private venues, and restrictions on sporting activities

Dr Henry also urged British Columbians to virtually reach out to loved ones and spend time socializing to support one another during this time

As of Thursday, the health agency had 152 active cases, an increase of 10 in the past 24 hours

Of the new cases 53 (-5) in the south of Vancouver Island, 73 (18) in the center of Vancouver Island and 26 (-3) in the north of Vancouver Island

Northern Vancouver Island stretches from Comox Valley to Port Hardy, but also includes surrounding areas such as Alert Bay and Sointula

During the briefing on Thursday, Dr Henry gave a quick update on the new UK Variant of COVID-19 that was discovered here on Vancouver Island

The provincial health officer said that since one person was diagnosed with the new variant, they have self-isolated, but two more cases have been identified

These two new cases are household contacts from the original case and Dr Henry says she doesn’t think anyone else is at risk of this variant

“I will also say that we have continued to monitor and test people who have traveled and a selection of people from across the province on an ongoing basis, and we have not yet found any other cases of this variant in BC., “DR Said Henry on Thursday

On Thursday, Dr Henry revealed a slight change in the way health officials will report daily case numbers in the future

The changes are aimed at streamlining data reporting to make it more efficient for health authorities and the BC Center for Disease Control

The new system will automatically report laboratory-confirmed cases from the previous day and coordinate with the health authority cases to enable faster reporting of data

The reports will now reflect the positive lab test date, as opposed to the “reported date” of any health authority. The laboratories will now report to both the BC CDC and health authorities

This creates an adjustment period according to Dr Henry reflecting higher numbers in the coming days when the new system starts and the data lag is eliminated

“What stays the same is that every case is still counted and any person who is positive is still notified ASAP,” noted Dr Henry

BC. COVID Restrictions, Bonnie Henry Update

World News – CA – BC. reports 23 more COVID-19 cases in Island Health, restrictions extended to February 5