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B.C. COVID-19 hospitalizations rise again

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:59 PDT, Tue April 27, 2021

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have risen again in B.C., with 500 people currently in hospital with an active case of the virus. This is an increase of 16 from yesterday’s number.

Of those people, 164 are in critical care, up six from yesterday. B.C. health authorities also reported 799 new cases of COVID-19 today. Since the pandemic began, B.C. has recorded 127,048 cases.

Of the new cases, 121 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 534 in the Fraser Health region, 28 in the Island Health region, 96 in the Interior Health region, 16 in the Northern Health region and four new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

There are 8,089 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. A further 11,792 people are under active public health monitoring.

To date, 1,671,128 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 89,457 of which are second doses. 

Health officials said the AstraZeneca supply is being used in some of the province’s “hot spot” communities that have been hardest hit by COVID-19. Starting today, that vaccine will be available to anyone aged 30 or older, starting with some of the “hot spot” community clinics. 

“As we receive enough AstraZeneca to add appointments at pharmacies, it will be made available to anyone in the province aged 30 and older,” health officials added. "We know demand for the AstraZeneca vaccine is high in many areas. Unfortunately, available supply through pharmacies in some regions will continue to be limited until additional supplies come in.”

There were no new virus-related deaths today for the first time since March 30.

No new healthcare outbreaks were announced today. Active outbreaks continue at eight long-term care, assisted living and independent living facilities and seven acute care facilities.

For 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.

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