Twelve more people in British Columbia have died of COVID-19, including one person in the Vancouver Island region, health officials reported Friday.

Ten deaths have been recorded in Fraser Health Region and one more has been reported in Northern Health Region, the Department of Health said in a statement late Friday afternoon.

The pandemic death toll in British Columbia now stands at 2,851, including 212 deaths in the island region.

NEW CASES AND HOSPITALIZATIONS

The province recorded 583 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, including 96 new cases in the island region.

As of Friday, 67 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 at Island Health, up from 68 reported Thursday and 71 recorded a week ago on Feb. 18.

Meanwhile, six patients are receiving intensive care at Island Health, the same total reported yesterday and down from the 12 confirmed on February 18.

Around this time last month, on Friday January 28, 112 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Vancouver Island, including 11 patients in intensive care.

Across British Columbia, 599 people are currently hospitalized with the disease, including 96 patients in intensive care.

VACCINES

About 90.6% of eligible British Columbia residents aged five and older received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 86.1% received two doses.

The province says 55.3% of eligible British Columbians aged 12 and older have now received three doses of the vaccine.

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