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B.C. reports 600 new COVID-19 cases

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:46 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

B.C. health authorities reported 600 new cases of COVID-19 today, three of which are epidemiologically linked. Since the pandemic began, B.C. has recorded 137,223 cases.

Of the new cases, 150 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 394 in the Fraser Health region, eight in the Island Health region, 39 in the Interior Health region and nine in the Northern Health region.

There are 5,887 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and 423 of those people are hospitalized, 141 of whom are in intensive care. 

To date, 2,277,318 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C.; 115,295 of those are second doses. 

Health officials said that given the limited availability of the AstraZeneca vaccine supply, the province is holding all remaining AstraZeneca vaccines for second doses. Existing pharmacy bookings will go ahead, but no more appointments will be booked at this point.

"We are also awaiting the findings of studies currently underway on interchangeability of COVID-19 vaccines, as well as guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization. This will help determine our approach and options for second doses,” said health officials in a joint statement.

Sadly, there was one new virus-related death reported today, bringing that total to 1,625.

Active outbreaks continue at three long-term care, assisted living and independent living facilities and two 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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