COVID-19 Medical Staff Bulletin - Feb. 26, 2021
“Let’s celebrate this milestone and also continue to do our part to keep our communities and our loved ones safe.”
Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, on today’s federal approval of two additional vaccines.
Please note: Numbers are updated on weekdays at 5 p.m.
|New Cases||Today's Total Cases||Cumulative Total|
|BC||Total||589||4,665||79,262 (73,188 recovered)|
(within the last 24 hours)
|*patients that are currently being cared for as COVID-positive|
- For Friday, February 26: 589 new cases, including 12 epi-linked cases, for a total of 79,262 cases in British Columbia.
- New cases by health authority region:
- VCH – 157
- Fraser Health – 317
- Island Health – 31
- Interior Health – 39
- Northern Health – 44
- Currently, 8,040 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.
- To date, 252,373 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 73,808 of which are second doses. Immunization data is available on the COVID-19 dashboard at: www.bccdc.ca
- Today, the Government of Canada announced the approval of two versions of a new COVID-19 vaccine – the viral vector vaccine produced by Oxford-AstraZeneca and the Verity-Serum Institute of India vaccine.
- This new vaccine will be integrated into our provincial immunization program as delivery and supply is confirmed in the coming weeks. The additional supply will allow us to look at accelerating immunization of priority populations and essential workers.
- Unlike the vaccines that have been available to date, this new, two-dose viral vector vaccine has the benefit of being ‘fridge stable,’ making it much easier to transport and distribute around the province.
- This new vaccine will be integrated into our provincial immunization program as delivery and supply is confirmed in the coming weeks.
- Read Friday's joint statement on BC's COVID-19 response.
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