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Province of British Columbia
For Immediate Release
Feb. 23, 2021
Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
Joint statement on B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates

VICTORIA – Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the COVID-19 response in British Columbia:

“Today, we are reporting 559 new cases, including 29 epi-linked cases, for a total of 77,822 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 4,677 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 7,881 people under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. A further 71,753 people who tested positive have recovered.

“Of the active cases, 238 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 69 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“Since we last reported, we have had 132 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 278 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 39 in the Island Health region, 43 in the Interior Health region, 66 in the Northern Health region and one new case of a person who resides outside of Canada.

“To date, 224,354 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 58,896 of which are second doses. Immunization data is available on the COVID-19 dashboard at:

“We continue to ready our province for widespread mass vaccination clinics, which will begin in April. We are moving forward carefully and thoughtfully to ensure our systems and our health authorities have the tools and resources to take on the significant task ahead.

“In parallel, with more vaccine increasingly available, we are turning our focus to people aged over 80 in our communities, who will receive vaccine information in the next two weeks. It is important to know everyone over 18 years old will have access to a COVID-19 vaccine and no one will be left behind.

“There has been one new COVID-19 related death, for a total of 1,336 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost loved ones to COVID-19.

“There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks.

“The number of cases of COVID-19 – active cases and close contacts who are required to self-isolate at home – has been creeping higher over the last week. We need to hold steady and ensure these cases don’t surge.

“As part of our continued efforts, we are paying close attention to the variants of concern to understand their effects on our province and our communities.

“Within our surveillance efforts, we recently completed a point-prevalence assessment to understand the spread of the variants of concern and have also increased our screening.

“Screening for variants requires a second, more time-consuming laboratory test that has delayed our ability to screen all new cases. We have been working to fast-track this work with new screening methods. Today, 70% of confirmed positive cases are screened, with that anticipated to increase to 100% over the coming week.

“It is our individual efforts that slow the spread of COVID-19 and our collective efforts that will see us through this pandemic. No matter the variant, the measures we take to stop the spread are exactly the same. Let’s do our part today to break the chains of transmission in our province.”

Learn More:

To share your feedback in the Personal Impacts of COVID-19 survey, visit:

Mental health support:

Mental health and anxiety support:

Provincial health officer orders and guidance:


Guidance on new restrictions:

Vaccine and outbreak info:

For vaccine information, visit the BCCDC dashboard: Or:

For data regarding ongoing outbreaks in long-term care, assisted-living and independent-living facilities in B.C., visit:

The latest updates, guidance and information on COVID-19, and where to get tested:

The latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you:
Or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

Non-health related information:

Financial, child care and education support, travel, transportation and essential service information:
Or call 1 888 COVID19 (1 888 268-4319) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Pacific time), seven days a week.

COVID-19 exposure events, updates and information by health authority:

BCCDC (flights, work sites, etc.):
Fraser Health:
Interior Health:
Island Health:
Northern Health:
Vancouver Coastal Health:

For the latest videos and livestreaming of COVID-19 media availabilities, visit:

A backgrounder follows.

Ministry of Health
250 952-1887 (media line)

Province of British Columbia
For Immediate Release
Feb. 23, 2021
Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
Assisted-living, long-term care homes, seniors’ rental buildings and acute-care facilities with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks

Assisted-living, long-term care homes and seniors’ rental buildings:

Vancouver Coastal Health – no facilities

Fraser Health – five facilities

  • CareLife Fleetwood Surrey
  • Fleetwood Villa (second occurrence)
  • George Derby Centre (third occurrence)
  • Royal City Manor (second occurrence)
  • Shaughnessy Care Centre (second occurrence)

Northern Health – one facility

  • Acropolis Manor

Interior Health – four facilities

  • Brocklehurst Gemstone Care Centre
  • Creekside Landing
  • Noric House
  • The Florentine

Island Health – two facilities

  • Eden Gardens
  • Wexford Creek

Acute-care facilities:

  • Burnaby Hospital
  • Dawson Creek and District Hospital
  • Kelowna General Hospital
  • Mission Memorial Hospital
  • St. Paul’s Hospital
  • Vancouver General Hospital
Ministry of Health
250 952-1887 (media line)

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