Dr. Réka Gustafson, B.C.’s deputy provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the COVID-19 response in British Columbia:
“Today, we are reporting that 73.9% of all adults in B.C. and 71.5% of those 12 and older have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. In total, 3,635,795 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 314,246 of which are second doses.
“Over the last three days, we had a total of 481 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 145,530 cases in British Columbia. This includes 217 new cases from June 4 to 5, 131 new cases from June 5 to 6 and 133 new cases in the last 24 hours.
“Of the new cases, 70 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 285 are in the Fraser Health region, nine are in the Island Health region, 101 are in the Interior Health region and 15 are in the Northern Health region. There is one case of a person who resides outside of Canada.
“There are currently 2,102 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and a further 141,663 people who tested positive have recovered. Of the active cases, 199 individuals are currently hospitalized, 63 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
“We have one new health-care facility outbreak at Glenwood Seniors Community (Fraser Health).
“There have been 12 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,722 deaths in British Columbia. Our condolences are with the family, friends and caregivers of the people who have died as a result of COVID-19.
“We are doing very well here in B.C. Cases are declining and we are on track with our provincewide COVID-19 immunization targets.
“Our immediate goal is to get as many people as possible fully vaccinated with their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as we can.
“By keeping our positive momentum going, we can all start to shift our focus to the many things we have to gain through immunization. Getting back into our communities, getting back to work and getting back to our meaningful social connections that sustain us.
“Let’s look forward to the brighter days ahead and let’s continue to do our part to help all of us get there.”
BC’s Restart plan
To see the May 25, 2021, presentation, visit: http://news.gov.bc.ca/files/BCRestartPlan.pdf
The latest vaccine information:
For information on getting your second dose: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/dose-2
Register for your vaccine now: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/register Or call 1 833 838-2323
For vaccine information, visit the BCCDC dashboard: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data Or: www.bccdc.ca
Provincial health officer's orders and guidance:
To see the May 20, 2021, presentation, visit: http://news.gov.bc.ca/files/20210520_PHO-Presentation.pdf
The latest updates, guidance and information on COVID-19, and where to get tested:
The latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: http://www.bccdc.ca/
Or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.
Mental health support:
Mental health and anxiety support: www.bouncebackbc.ca
Non-health related information:
Financial, child care and education support, travel, transportation and essential service information: www.gov.bc.ca/covid19
Or call 1 888 COVID19 (1 888 268-4319) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Pacific time), seven days a week.
COVID-19 exposure events, updates and information by health authority:
BCCDC (flights, work sites, etc): http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/public-exposures
Fraser Health: fraserhealth.ca/covid19exposure
Interior Health: https://news.interiorhealth.ca/news/public-exposures/
Island Health: https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/covid-19/outbreaks-and-exposures
Northern Health: https://www.northernhealth.ca/health-topics/outbreaks-and-exposures
Vancouver Coastal Health: http://www.vch.ca/covid-19/public-exposures
For the latest videos and livestreaming of COVID-19 media availabilities, visit:
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