B.C. reports 12 COVID-related deaths over the weekend, Island vaccinations surpass 600,000

B.C. reports 12 COVID-related deaths over the weekend, Island vaccinations surpass 600,000
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British Columbia health officials have reported 481 new COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths since their last update on June 4.

British Columbia health officials have reported 481 new COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths since their last update on June 4.

Dr. RĂ©ka Gustafson, deputy provincial health officer, said during a live update on Monday that there were 218 new cases from June 4 to June 5, 131 new cases from June 5 to June 6, and 133 cases from June 6 to June 7.

The number of confirmed cases in B.C. is now at 141,663 while the death toll climbs to 1,722.

Of the new cases, 70 were recorded in Vancouver Coastal Health, 285 were in Fraser Health, nine were in Island Health, 101 were in Interior Health, and 15 were in Northern Health.

There are currently 2,102 active cases in the province, 199 people in hospital — 63 of whom are in intensive care, with 38 requiring mechanical ventilation.

Gustafson did not provide a specific figure when it came to the number of recoveries but said 3,635,795 doses of vaccine have been administered province-wide, of which 314,264 are second doses. She also noted that 74 per cent of adults have received their first dose of vaccine and 39 per cent of youths aged 12 to 17 have received their first dose.

“If we keep going we can get back to the things that sustain us back to our communities, back to our work, back to the meaningful relationships in our lives,” Gustafson said.

Those who received AstraZeneca as their first dose will begin receiving invitations for their second dose of AstraZeneca starting June 7.

“British Columbians are doing very well with immunization against COVID-19 and results are very encouraging,” said Gustafson.

Island Health

Once again the situation on Vancouver Island continues to improve with each daily update.

Although nine new cases were identified in the region over the past three days, there are now just 29 active cases on Vancouver Island, according to the latest data provided by Island Health — that’s seven fewer cases since the last update on June 4.

Of the active cases, 19 are on southern Vancouver Island, eight on central Vancouver Island, and four on northern Vancouver Island.

There are currently three people in hospital due to the coronavirus. No one is currently in intensive care — a first since at least late March.

Over the weekend, there were 24,234 doses of vaccine administered — 182 doses of AstraZeneca, 5,132 doses of Moderna, and 18,920 doses of Pfizer — bringing the total number of doses administered on the Island to 603,831.

The Vancouver Island health region has reported 5,076 cases, 41 deaths, 4,797 recoveries, 249 total hospitalizations over the course of the pandemic.

Southern Vancouver Island includes the Greater Victoria region, Southern Gulf Islands and the Port Renfrew area.

Central Vancouver Island includes the Cowichan Valley, Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville, Port Alberni and Tofino areas.

Northern Vancouver Island goes from the Comox Valley to Port Hardy but also includes surrounding areas like Alert Bay and Sointula.

 

Editor’s note: BCCDC’s dashboard shows 65 active cases. However, in a statement to CHEK News, Island Health says that their active case count (29) is reflective of the most recent available data.

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