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B.C. reports 2,174 COVID-19 cases over weekend

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:26 PDT, Mon May 3, 2021

There were 2,174 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in B.C. over the weekend, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said today. Last weekend the province had 2,491 new cases.

The weekend’s total includes 835 cases between Friday and Saturday, 671 between Saturday and Sunday and a further 668 in the last 24 hours. The province’s cumulative case count now sits at 131,656.

Of the new cases, 438 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 1,509 in the Fraser Health region, 61 in the Island Health region, 106 in the Interior Health region and 60 in the Northern Health region.

There are 7,327 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and 474 of those people are hospitalized, 176 of whom are in intensive care. A further 11,781 people are under active public health monitoring.

To date, 1,877,330 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 91,731 of which are second doses. 

Henry said provincial health officials are looking at decreasing the interval between the first and second dose to less than 16 weeks, depending on supply.

Sadly, there were 15 new virus-related deaths reported today, bringing that total to 1,596. Henry said 14 of these people were over age 70 and one was in their 50s. Most of the weekend’s deaths happened in hospitals.

Health authorities reported one new healthcare facility outbreak and declared two over. Outbreaks continue at eight long-term care, assisted living and independent living facilities and three 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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