Nineteen new cases of the virus were identified on the Big Island Tuesday, per DOH statistics. No new COVID-related deaths were reported.
There are now 2,800 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 14 people in hospital and eight in critical care. Of the active cases, 254 individuals are now hospitalized, 80 of whom are in intensive care.
Henry said there are two new outbreaks, at Richmond Lions Manor-Bridgeport, a long-term care home in the Vancouver Coastal Health region and at at Iqra Islamic School in Surrey.
There are now 102 active cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Island region, including seven people in hospital and one more in critical care.
According to B.C.'s top doctor, one person who died was in their 40s, two people were in their 60s, six people were in their 70s and two people were over 80. The province has not provided that many second doses in a single day since February 22, when 18,134 second doses were administered.
Health officials on Monday urged British Columbians to continue being vigilant about COVID-19 until more people have received their second dose of vaccine as outbreaks continue to pop up, despite a sharply declining caseload. People who received a first dose of one type of mRNA vaccine are expected to safely receive another mRNA vaccine for their second dose, and not switch to get a dose of AstraZeneca.
"We are in the middle of part one [of B.C.'s re-opening plan]".
Earlier in the day, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization approved a mix-and-match approach to vaccination, with updated guidance allowing people to receive Pfizer or Moderna as a second dose regardless of whether they received Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca for their first dose.
Henry said that 139,562 individuals who tested positive have now recovered, and to date, 3,250,116 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered, 179,954 of which are second doses.