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B.C. reports 20 new COVID-19 deaths over weekend

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:12 PDT, Mon May 10, 2021

Last Updated: 4:12 PDT, Mon May 10, 2021

Twenty people lost their lives due to COVID-19 over the last three days—a higher rate than the recent daily average.

Between May 1 and 7 there were an average of 3.43 COVID-related deaths per day. The previous week, between April 24 and 30, that number was 3.86. Twenty deaths over a three-day period reflects an average of 6.67 deaths per day.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said of the 20 people who died since Friday, 15 were over the age of 70, while two were in their 50s, and two in their 40s. B.C. has now seen 1,622 COVID-related deaths in total.

There were also 1,759 new cases of COVID-19 reported since Friday, compared to 2,174 in the same period last week. Of the new cases, 596 were recorded between Friday and Saturday, 605 between Saturday and Sunday and a further 558 in the last 24 hours. Since the pandemic began, B.C. has recorded 136,100 cases.

Of the new cases, 325 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 1,201 in the Fraser Health region, 50 in the Island Health region, 131 in the Interior Health region and 52 in the Northern Health region.

There are 6,140 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and 415 of those people are hospitalized, 150 of whom are in intensive care. Again, no update was provided on the number of people under active public health monitoring.

To date, 2,159,103 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C.; 106,058 of those are second doses. Since Friday there were 116,661 doses administered, an average of 38,887 per day. Of the weekend’s doses, 6,597 were second doses.

Health authorities reported two healthcare outbreaks over. Active outbreaks continue at three long-term care, assisted living and independent living facilities and two acute care facilities. There was also a new outbreak declared at a poultry plant in the Fraser Health region.

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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