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B.C. reports 722 new COVID-19 cases today

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:59 PDT, Fri May 7, 2021

B.C. health authorities reported 722 new cases of COVID-19 today. Since the pandemic began, B.C. has recorded 134,341 cases.

Of the new cases, 115 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 523 in the Fraser Health region, 20 in the Island Health region, 38 in the Interior Health region and 26 in the Northern Health region.

There are 6,757 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and 445 of those people are hospitalized, 157 of whom are in intensive care. The number of people under public health monitoring is unavailable today for the third day in a row.

This week’s report on variants of concerns shows that about 80 per cent of cases in B.C. are a presumptive variant. This is an increase of about two per cent from last week’s report. In the Vancouver Coastal Health region, this week’s number appears closer to 90 per cent. 

To date, 2,042,442 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C.; 99,461 of those are second doses. 

Sadly, there were seven new virus-related deaths reported today, bringing that total to 1,602.

Active outbreaks continue at four 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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