The Ministry of Health's daily COVID-19 report is showing thirteen new cases of Covid-19, and fourteen recovered cases.
"We're probably underestimating the number of people with these variant strains that are in the population in Florida", he added.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, today (Feb. 16) issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the COVID-19 response in British Columbia.
Note: Today's 25 new presumptive positive cases are in addition to the 21 announced yesterday. Johnson's seven-day average is 22. The local death count remains at 57, according to the county's data.
Nationally, 33 more deaths from Covid-19 have been reported, two of these taking place in January, the remainder this month.
Lee and Polk counties had three deaths each and Black Hawk, Dubuque, Kossuth, Warren and Woodbury had two deaths each.
That includes 40 of the B117 variant associated with the United Kingdom, 19 people diagnosed with the B1351 variant associated with South Africa, and one person who has the B1525 variant that was first detected in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, COVID-19 metrics continued to show improvement statewide. These new vaccines are proving to be highly effective even with one dose - upwards of 89% effective in B.C. residents in long-term care. Since the start of the pandemic, 2,120 individuals within facilities have died.
The state on Tuesday reported that 686,210 people in Minnesota have received at least the first of two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, and that 240,027 of them have completed the series. However, some of that is "on paper" because vials of Pfizer vaccine are now officially considered to contain six doses rather than five.
Stratton wrote that the decrease in the total number of hospitalizations was likely due to a correction in county numbers, which can happen if a resident is later determined not to be a Boulder County resident.