There are now 136,100 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in B.C. after health officials announced 1,759 new cases Monday.
From Friday to Saturday there were 596 cases, from Saturday to Sunday there were 605 and from Sunday to Monday there were 558.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reports that there have been 325 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,201 in the Fraser Health region, 50 in the Island Health region, 131 in the Interior Health region, 52 in the Northern Health Region and no new cases in people who reside outside of Canada.
There is no update on the variants of concern in the province.
There have been 20 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,622 deaths in British Columbia. Of these 20 deaths, 15 of them were in people over the age of 70. Three people were in their 50s, and two people in their 40s.
There are 6,140 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 128,139 people have recovered.
Of the active cases, 415 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 150 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
2,159,103 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C.; 106,058 of those are second doses.
Register to get vaccinated in B.C.
Everyone in B.C. who is 18 years old and over is now eligible to get vaccinated and should register on the Get Vaccinated website.
“The focus of the COVID-19 vaccine program is to protect as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, and to address hot spots and reduce transmission everywhere," said Henry.
"For those who received their vaccine before the registration system was active in early April or at your local pharmacy, we ask you to take a few minutes to get registered today. If you are already registered, help your friends and family do the same.
"Our immunization program is rapidly accelerating, with age-based eligibility dropping almost daily. Starting later today, anyone 40 and older can book their vaccine. Additionally, anyone 18 and older who lives in one of the identified high-risk neighbourhoods can also book their vaccine.
"While we continue to accelerate our provincewide vaccine program, the foundation for all of us needs to be to continue to follow our COVID-19 safety basics: staying small and local, following all of public health measures and using our layers of protection - always.
"COVID-19 continues to spread in our communities, which means the risks remain high for all of us. We are not yet at the point where we can ease up on the restrictions we have in place, but we are getting closer every day.
"Understanding the progression of this pandemic and knowing the risks for our loved ones and ourselves is important for everyone.
"Through the daily statements, regular briefings, weekly BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) surveillance reports, COVID-19 epidemiology app and monthly data reports, public health data that meets provincial privacy requirements and standards is available for everyone.
"Just as we have been able to bend our curve, let's also be the province that breaks all records for vaccine registrations.
"This week, during National Nursing Week, let's celebrate the many nurses who have been on our front lines and working behind the scenes to keep our province safe. Registering is one easy way for you to honour our nurses and make a difference in our COVID-19 pandemic today."