Douglas County reports 20 new COVID-19 cases; 213 remain active

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Officials have now recorded 3,324 cases of COVID-19 in the island region since the pandemic began.

Sheridan County has experienced 31 deaths related to the virus.

For the first time in the COVID-19 pandemic, B.C. has recorded more than 1,000 daily cases, hitting 1,013 in the last 24 hours, pushing the provincial total to 100,048.

The number of active cases in the state is now 922, according to MTN News, and there has been a cumulative total of 104,836 cases of the virus in Montana.

In total, 11,468 people are under public health monitoring because of identified exposure to known cases.

Carroll Hospital had 27 patients positive for COVID-19 through March 27, according to the Carroll County Health Department, continuing a steady rise.

To date, 756,080 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in BC, 87,351 of which are second doses, and a further 91,066 people who tested positive have recovered.

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Henry and Dix did not have an updated number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants of concern, citing a "delay in the sequencing analysis".

"Right now, we are waiting on Health Canada's recommendations to determine what adjustments we may need to make to this immunization stream as a result of the safety signal for those under 55", they said.

"Finding evidence of vaccine breakthrough cases reminds us that, even if you have been vaccinated, you still need to wear a mask, practice socially distancing, and wash your hands to prevent spreading COVID-19 to others who have not been vaccinated", Dr. Umair Shah, Washington state's secretary of health, said in a statement Tuesday.

Large-scale clinical studies found that COVID-19 vaccines reduced the risk of contracting the disease in vaccinated individuals by up to 95%, compared with those who were not vaccinated.

Henry and Dix said those same frontline workers "remain a priority". More than 70% of county residents who are 65 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine.

With the Easter long weekend coming up, provincial officials once again asked British Columbians to avoid leisure travel outside of their communities.

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