B.C. reports 600 new COVID cases, 8 in Island Health

B.C. reports 600 new COVID cases, 8 in Island Health
Province of British Columbia

British Columbia health officials have reported 600 new COVID-19 cases and one death since their last update on May 11.

The number of confirmed cases in B.C. is now at 137,223 while the death toll climbs to 1,625.

Of the new cases, 150 were recorded in Vancouver Coastal Health, 394 were in Fraser Health, eight were in Island Health, 39 were in Interior Health, and nine were in Northern Health.

There are currently 5,887 active cases in the province, 423 people in hospital — 141 of whom are in intensive care.

A total of 129,524  people in B.C. have recovered from COVID-19 and more than 2.3 million doses of vaccine have been administered province-wide.

B.C. also announced that it will be holding all of its remaining AstraZeneca vaccine supply for second doses due to a limited supply.

“Given the limited availability of the AstraZeneca vaccine supply, we are holding all remaining AstraZeneca vaccine for dose-two booster immunizations. Existing pharmacy bookings will proceed, but no additional appointments will be accepted at this time,” reads a statement issued by the provincial government.

Furthermore, the province also announced that those 30 and older will now be able to book their vaccine appointment, with text and e-mail appointments going out shortly.

“No matter what your vaccine or when you may receive it, everyone will receive their second dose within 16 weeks of their first vaccine to maximize the protection for ourselves and those around us,” the statement reads.

Today’s data was released by health officials in a statement to the media.

Island Health

Currently, there are 193 active COVID-19 cases and 18 people in hospital — three of whom are in critical care — on Vancouver Island, according to the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control’s dashboard.

In the past 24 hours, there have been 851 new tests performed and 11,347 doses of vaccine administered on the Island, including 810 doses of AstraZeneca, 3,726 doses of Moderna, and 6,811 doses of Pfizer.

Since the onset of the pandemic, there have been 4,876 cases, 39 deaths, and 237 people hospitalized, and 4,638 recoveries and 372,559 doses of vaccine administered on Vancouver Island.

Meanwhile, Island Health reported 144 active cases Island in its latest dashboard update, which is down considerably from the 211 active cases the health authority reported yesterday. 

Of those active cases, 72 are in the South Island, 50 are in Central Island, and 22 are in the North Island.

Island Health’s data often lags behind the BCCDC’s data due to a “difference in timing of reporting across laboratory and public health data sources.”


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