- Health officials will update BC’s COVID-19 numbers today at 3 p.m. PT for the first time since Friday.
- As of Friday, BC had confirmed 317 new cases and two more deaths.
- The province’s death toll from COVID-19 is now 1,692.
- A total of 292 people were in the hospital on Friday, 79 of them in the intensive care unit.
- To date, 3,106,269 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been given in BC, including 160,885 second doses.
Health Minister Adrian Dix and the Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry will update COVID-19 numbers for British Columbia at 3:00 p.m. PT. It will be the first update since Friday, when 317 new cases and two more deaths were announced.
The moving average of cases continues to decline in BC as vaccinations and other measures bring the third wave of the pandemic in the province under control.
The number of patients in the intensive care unit was around 26 percent below the previous week by Friday.
Still, Henry and Dix said Friday that new clusters continue to emerge even as case numbers and hospital admissions continue to decline due to the virus.
Officials urged everyone to continue taking steps to prevent the transmission and advised those who are not vaccinated to have their first dose as soon as possible.
On Monday, Fraser Health announced an outbreak at an independent school in Surrey, BC. A statement said the Iqra Islamic School voluntarily closed on Friday after 21 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed among students and staff. The school enrolls around 450 students from kindergarten through 7th grade, according to its website.
The health agency continues to monitor a separate outbreak at Brookside Lodge, a long-term care facility in Surrey, where a resident and employee tested positive on Friday.
Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) said Saturday that two patients and two employees at the Richmond Lions Manor-Bridgeport, a long-term care home in Richmond, tested positive for COVID-19. On the same day, the authorities announced that an outbreak at Lions Gate Hospital was over.
A total of 36 people, including five employees, tested positive for COVID-19 during the outbreak. Seven people died, all of them were patients.
As of Friday, 3,106,269 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in BC, including 160,885 second doses. A record of 73,458 shots went into the arms on Thursday.
More than 67 percent of people 18 years and over have now received a first dose in BC, while nearly 63 percent of those over 12 have had an injection.
BC health officials announced Thursday that most people in the province can receive a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine within eight weeks of their first dose. The province still sets 16 weeks as the maximum interval between doses.
Second doses are now being given to residents and staff of long-term care homes.
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.
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.
The province has put in place a four-step reopening plan that could see people socialize normally again as early as September.
As of now, residents can again dine indoors, exercise at the low-intensity gym, play outdoor sports, and hold personal, faith-based gatherings.
Mask requirement and distance regulations remain in place. Leisure travel is allowed, but still only within the province’s three regional health zones.
What’s happening elsewhere in Canada
As of Sunday, Canada had reported 1,376,734 cases of COVID-19, with active cases down 33 percent from the previous week.
A total of 25,477 people have died from the disease.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Common symptoms are:
- To cough.
- Shortness of breath.
- Loss of taste or smell.
- A headache.
However, more serious symptoms may occur, including difficulty breathing and pneumonia.
What should i do when i feel sick?
Use the BC Center for Disease Control’s COVID-19 self-assessment tool. Tests are recommended for anyone with cold or flu symptoms, even if they are mild. People with severe breathing difficulties, severe chest pain, difficulty waking up, or other extreme symptoms should call 911.
What can I do to protect myself?
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Keep them clean.
- Maintain a distance of at least two meters from anyone outside your bladder. Keep your distance from sick people.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Wear a mask in public indoor spaces.
- Note the evolving travel advice for different regions.
More detailed information on the outbreak is available on the federal government’s website.