508 cases, 6 deaths in final update of the week

By Greg Fry	
		COVID-19 update		508 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. 25 in Northern Health

There have been 101 new cases in February.

There were 508 new cases in the last 24 hours, 59 of which were in Interior Health. "I really would like to thank all British Columbians at this time in the pandemic for having persevered".

There were 262 active COVID-19 cases still in their isolation period Friday, up from 258 on Thursday, according to Public Health data. With seven people discharged from hospitals since yesterday, there are now 217 people are in hospital, with 61 of those patients in intensive care units (one more since yesterday).

Seventy-two COVID-19 variants have now been confirmed in B.C. - 50 of which are the United Kingdom variants, 20 the South African variant.

The deputy health officer said outbreaks are in decline in the province's care homes, but stressed that outbreaks have not been eliminated yet.

A record 12,250 vaccines were administered yesterday, February 18, bringing the provincial total to 192,942 in total, 36,923 of which were second doses.

That puts B.C. lower than Alberta (48 percent), Ontario (51 percent), Saskatchewan and Manitoba (54 percent), and Quebec (56 percent) in that category.

Five more people who tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland have died, according to the Department of Health.

Cleveland had recorded a total of 26,281 cases as of Friday.

A total of 91 active clusters have recorded new cases.

All 2,461 new cases reported today are transmitted locally.

Fifty-four percent of the cases involve women.

In addition, the health department has identified 1,523 probable cases. There are 38 active cases at the moment, and a total of 417 cases confirmed in this cluster.

Loblaw had three stores with staff members who tested positive.

The daily Department of Health figures show there have also been 313 new positive cases, out of 2,393, individuals tested.