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BC coronavirus update: 508 cases, 6 deaths in final update of the week

BC health officials announce 508 new COVID-19 cases | News

Four of the deaths announced Friday were in the Interior Health region and two were in Fraser Health. There have been 101 new cases in February. That figure, using an expanded definition from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, captures suspected cases where there is no confirmed test.

The Province says 217 people are in hospital, 61 of whom are in intensive or critical care. All had underlying health conditions.

As of Friday, Iowa's 14-day positivity rate was 4.5 percent, according to the Iowa Department of Public health.

This brings the total cases to 949,695 and total deaths to 16,693.

Within Interior Health, there are 705 active cases, up by 13 from Thursday.

Active cases are up for another consecutive day.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 28 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

The number of Iowans hospitalized with the virus dropped, from 252 to 241 in the 24-hour period ending at 11 a.m. Friday.

"We are seeing a decline in outbreaks", she said.

BC coronavirus update: 508 cases, 6 deaths in final update of the week

"This is very good news because with every individual that is protected through vaccination, we are all safer", deputy provincial health officer Dr. Reka Gustafon said during a news briefing today, February 19.

Statewide, 278,658 individuals have had the first shot of the two-shot series, and 137,385 people have completed both shots.

That puts B.C. lower than Alberta (48 percent), Ontario (51 percent), Saskatchewan and Manitoba (54 percent), and Quebec (56 percent) in that category.

The death toll in the county remained at 96, or nearly 2.5 deaths per 1,000 population - 0.2 percent.

Rates in assisted living facilities in Island Health were 94 per cent uptake in the vaccine program.

People who don't meet those criteria will have to wait.

Iowans under 65 may qualify for a vaccine if they meet criteria in the groups below.

Stephen Colbert and John McGlothlen of The Gazette contributed.

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