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B.C. reports 1,667 new COVID-19 cases over three days, 41 deaths

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B.C. health officials on Monday reported 1,667 new COVID-19 cases over the past three days and 41 deaths.

There were 652 cases and 28 deaths from Friday to Saturday, 486 cases and eight deaths from Saturday to Sunday, and 529 cases and five deaths from Sunday to Monday.

The three-day total is 23 per cent lower than numbers from the same time period last week, when the province reported 2,146 new COVID-19 cases.

“We are starting to see a levelling of our COVID-19 curve in B.C. and that is good news, but it is a levelling at a very high level, which means that transmission continues to happen,” provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Monday.

Of the new cases, 283 were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,084 in the Fraser Health, 21 in Island Health, 189 in Interior Health, and 90 in Northern Health.

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The seven-day rolling average of B.C.’s positivity rates is 5.8 per cent.

The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 dropped by 15 to 341. Of those, 80 patients were in intensive care — a decrease of 12.

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Bonnie Henry said 3,644 people, mainly long-term care workers, were immunized last week.

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Henry has said she expects about 400,000 people to be vaccinated by March.

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The province said it is developing a system so people can register to get the vaccine and receive a formal record of immunization.

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Over the weekend, health officials declared a COVID-19 outbreak at two Coastal GasLink worksites in northern B.C., one at the 7 Mile Lodge near Burns Lake, and another at the Little Rock Lake Lodge near Nechako.

— With files from Simon Little and The Canadian Press