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B.C.’s total COVID-19 case count tops 60K, with 509 new cases reported Friday

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B.C. health officials release a written statement with the daily COVID-19 numbers for Friday, Jan. 15. Legislative Bureau Chief Keith Baldrey has the details and explains what sets British Columbia apart from the other provinces – Jan 15, 2021

The number of COVID-19 cases British Columbia has reported since the start of the pandemic topped 60,000 Friday, as officials reported 509 new cases.

In a written statement, health officials said another nine people had died from the virus, bringing B.C.’s death toll to 1,047.

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Of the new cases, 101 were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 260 were in the Fraser Health region, 13 were on Vancouver Island, 86 were in the Interior Health region and 49 were in the Northern Health region.

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The number of active cases in the province edged downward again to 4,604, while another 7,132 people remained in isolation due to possible exposure.

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The province says 75,914 people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

There were 349 people in hospital, an overnight decrease of 13, and 68 people in critical or intensive care.

There was one new health-care outbreak at the Hilltop House long-term care home in Squamish.

You can see a weekly update breaking down individual cases and deaths in long-term care here.

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More than 88 per cent of B.C.’s 60,117 total cases have recovered.

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