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61 more cases of COVID-19 within Interior Health; 465 cases in B.C.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks to reporters from Vancouver, Dec. 29, 2020.
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January 19, 2021 - 3:24 PM

B.C. health officials are reporting 465 new cases of COVID-19 overnight, for a total of 61,912 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Of those new cases, 61 were in the Interior Health region.

The COVID-19 death toll also rose by 12 overnight, for a total of 1,090 deaths.

There are 4,331 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 329 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 70 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

While case counts continue to grow, so too the number of vaccinations. To date, 92,369 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C. 

"The COVID-19 vaccines bring hope and challenge: Hope, knowing that in a few months many people will have immunity to this virus; and challenge because of the current limited supply - in B.C., Canada and around the world," Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said in a press release.

"The vaccines are our path forward to the brighter days ahead. However, until that path is wide enough for everyone, we must continue to focus on our individual efforts."

That means,washing our hands, staying home when we are ill, getting tested and always using our layers of protection.

"Let's choose safety by continuing to do our part to protect everyone in our province."

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