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11 more people die of COVID-19 in B.C. over the weekend as 708 new cases recorded | CBC News

In the past three days, another 708 cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in BC and 11 more people have died, health officials said on Monday.

That’s an average of 236 daily cases over the weekend as the seven-day moving average of new daily cases continues to decrease.

There are currently 249 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 78 in intensive care – the lowest number of patients in the hospital since March 9.

There are a total of 2,953 active cases across the province, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry in the first update on the pandemic since Friday.

Henry said 3,250,116 doses of the vaccine have now been given across BC, including 179,954 second doses. According to the latest figures, 69.7 percent of adults have had an injection so far.

“Although we are making significant strides in our vaccination efforts … it is still a time of caution for us,” said Henry.

A total of 1,703 people have died of COVID-19, out of 144,289 confirmed cases so far.

Among the weekend fatalities, one person is in their 40s, two in their 60s, six in their 70s, and two over 80.

Henry said there were two new outbreaks, at Richmond Lions Manor-Bridgeport, a long-term care home in the Vancouver Coastal Health Region, and at Iqra Islamic School in Surrey. There are currently six active outbreaks across the province.

Meanwhile, BC has recorded a third case of vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT) – the rare blood clots associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine. The patient is a man in his 30s in the Island Health area who is being treated in the hospital.

Henry said she would provide more information about the second dose on Thursday for people who have received a first dose of AstraZeneca.

Vaccinate now

Public health officials have urged anyone who has not yet registered for a vaccine to do so now.

Registration can be done online through the Get Vaccinated portal, by phone at 1-833-838-2323, or in person at any Service BC location.

Anyone who received their vaccine before April 15 and was not registered with the province’s online vaccine registration system should register now to receive an email or SMS notification of their second dose due date.

Children between the ages of 12 and 17, around 310,000 people in BC, can also register via the online portal. The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine was recently approved for use in children of this age group.

Timetable for the reopening

Travel between health regions remains restricted in British Columbia to contain the potential for virus spread.

However, due to the decline in cases and the increase in the number of British Columbians vaccinated, the province has put in place a four-step restart plan that could see trips within BC reopening by June 15 and people being socialized back to normal by September.

As of now, residents can again dine indoors, exercise at the low-intensity gym, play outdoor sports, and hold personal, faith-based gatherings.

If the data continues to trend in the right direction, travel within Canada in Step 3 may be permitted around July 1st.

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