Locally, Linn County added 31 new virus cases on Tuesday, bringing the county total to 19,130.
There were 126 new positive COVID-19 cases on Monday, February 15.
"Our ability to identify these variants relies on our ability to sample positive specimens, sample specimens from our cases", said Dr. Jason Salemi, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the USF College of Public Health.
To date, there have been a total of 60 people who have been infected with variants of concern. Belize district reported four new cases with Belize City responsible for all four cases.
The province extended the state of emergency, granting health and emergency management officials extraordinary powers to support the pandemic response, to March 2.
While she insists social gatherings, which are banned under provincial health orders, should not be happening, Henry said 50 people recently attended a game night somewhere in the Fraser Health region.
In total, 171,755 British Columbians have been vaccinated, with 22,914 having received their second dose.
The state Department of Health announced Friday that vaccine supply will be extremely limited this week because it is focusing on providing second doses.
Henry says as of today, vaccine shipments from Pfizer are back on track, and says doses being sent to B.C. are ramping up this week. That applies to Phase 2-eligible residents, including healthcare workers, first responders, long-term care residents and staff, congregate care residents and staff and people 75-years-old or older.
A new, single dose vaccine has been put forward for approval.
Brooke County had an infection rate of 16.93 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 3.95.
New community outbreaks include ones at Timothy Christian School in Chilliwack, and at the SFU Childcare Society. There are now 731 active cases.
Five classes are affected and the society is able to continue operating its other classes, the health authority said.