32 more COVID-19 cases found on Vancouver Island

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"A modified version perhaps, but the short answer is it's a bit too early right now", said Henry during a press conference on Thursday, when asked specifically about the event.

There are 275 active cases, 17 of whom are in hospital.

If you are gathering outside with people outside your household, Henry says to ensure you remain physically distant from them, and wear a mask if required.

Kroger isn't saying exactly how many customers were affected, but said "a small number of individuals" were given saline shots instead of vaccine, WTVR reported.

The uptick is a result of both the new coronavirus and the overdose crisis, said Henry, adding COVID-19 was the eighth most common cause of death in B.C.in 2020 and illicit drug toxicity was the fifth top cause. Of the total cases, 89 are active.

The change, which allows distanced outdoor gatherings with up to 10 people who are part of a consistent group, isn't expected to exacerbate persistently high case numbers in the province, said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

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"St. Patrick's Day is next week, a day when we often gather with friends", Dr. Henry said. This includes 588 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 36 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 14 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant.

The First Nations Health Authority says over 30,000 vaccinations have been administered in Indigenous communities, representing about 54 per cent of residents of reserves.

Last month, he told NL News there were 42 COVID-19 exposures in the first 28 school days after the winter break compared to just five exposures in 69 school days before the winter break. "There are many things that we can do in day trips". The modelling data also included the estimated percentage of total years of potential life lost by each cause of death, which bumped COVID-19 down to 11th place.

"COVID-19 has had a profound effect on older people in our communities and the overdose deaths have had a profound effect on younger people in our communities, and the two of these are what we have had to deal with here in British Columbia", Henry said.

But things took a tragic turn after she received her second dose on February 1.

It's still important to practise physical distancing outside, she added. A further 80,325 people who tested positive have recovered.

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