BC reports 406 new COVID-19 cases along with five deaths

A further 406 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in British Columbia along with five virus-related deaths, the province said Tuesday.

Of the new cases, 133 were in the Fraser Health region, 95 were in the Interior Health region, 51 were in Island Health, and 86 were in Northern Health.

The Vancouver Coastal Health Region, the province’s second most populous health authority, had the lowest number of new cases and reported 41 new infections.

Tuesday’s case count brings the province’s seven-day moving average for new cases to 532.

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There are 4,694 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, a slight increase from Monday.

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The province reported that there are 445 people in the hospital with COVID-19, of which 137 are in intensive care.

BC’s COVID-19 death toll is 2,186.

The province announced that 90 percent of eligible persons in BC aged 12 and older have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 85.4 percent have received two doses.

Earlier in the day, the Surrey School Board announced that it would not order COVID-19 vaccines for adult staff.

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The board announced Tuesday that even if it recognizes the importance of vaccines and encourages everyone to be vaccinated, it will not be mandatory to do so.

– With files from Amy Judd and Simon Little

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