B.C. reported 444 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday along with 12 deaths.
Of the new cases, 79 were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 256 in the Fraser Health, nine in Island Health, 78 in Interior Health, and 22 in Northern Health. Fourteen cases were epi-linked.
A total of 6,571 tests were conducted during that period.
The seven-day rolling average of B.C.’s positivity rates is 5.7 per cent.
The deaths bring the province’s COVID-19 death toll to 777.
The number of people in hospital with the disease rose by 16 to 357. Of those, 84 patients are in intensive care.
There are now 9,481 active cases in B.C., a decrease of 237 from Monday.
Another 9,723 people are in self-isolation due to possible exposure.
The province also reported that 4,108 people in B.C. have received the COVID-19 vaccine.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Monday that COVID-19 cases are beginning to level off, but the number of new infections is still too high.
That same day, she reported 1,667 new cases over a three-day span as well as 41 deaths, most of them among seniors at long-term care homes where there are outbreaks.
In a Facebook Live Q&A with Global News earlier that day, Henry said the province is still looking at extending the winter break for students amid the pandemic.
— With files from Amy Judd and The Canadian PressView link »