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Record high number of new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
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April 09, 2021 - 3:33 PM

As COVID-19 cases in the province continue at near-record levels, Interior Health had the unfortunate distinction of setting a record high of its own with 132 cases.

The B.C. cases hit 1,262 in the last 24 hours, down slightly from yesterday’s record of 1,293. This comes despite the province having passed the one million mark in the number of vaccines administered.

“No matter what our age, or where we may be, our province is not yet protected from COVID-19,” says a joint statement issued today, April 9, by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

“This is why we all need to follow all of the public health orders. Avoid indoor gatherings outside of your household and avoid travel. Get tested if you have even mild symptoms and use all of your layers of protection. This is how we will slow the spread and get ahead of the virus strains that are in our communities right now.”

There have been 4,111 cases that show variants of concern, with 105 still active.

That’s out of a total of 9,574 active cases in B.C. right now, with 332 people being in hospital, 102 of whom are in intensive care.

The dominant variant is the B.1.1.1 (U.K.) variant with 3,082 cases. There have been 974 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) and 55 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variants.

Of the new cases, 638 were in the Fraser Health region, 358 in Vancouver Coastal, 54 on Vancouver Island and 79 in the Northern Health region.

There were two more deaths, bringing the provincial total to 1,495.

Residents 65 and over, Indigenous people 18 and over and those with letters saying they are a clinically extremely vulnerable can book appointments online here.

Those aged 55 to 65 can book appointments at pharmacies for the AstraZeneca vaccine by going to the B.C. Pharmacy Association web site here.

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