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New COVID-19 cases at seven-month low

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:33 PDT, Tue June 1, 2021

There were no COVID-19 related deaths reported today, as B.C. recorded its lowest single-day new case total—184—since Oct. 20.

Ten of the new cases are epidemiologically linked. Since the pandemic began, B.C. has recorded 144,473 cases.

B.C. health officials said the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) provided guidance today on the interchangeability of COVID-19 vaccines for first and second doses. NACI confirmed the safety and effectiveness of interchanging vaccines and reaffirmed the recommendation to prioritize second doses for those at highest risk of severe illness and death.

NACI advises people who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine may safely receive either the same vaccine or an mRNA vaccine for their second dose. Additionally, people who received a first dose of one type of mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) may safely receive another mRNA vaccine for their second dose.

Active outbreaks continue at two local healthcare facilities: the Richmond Lions Manor-Bridgeport care home and Richmond Hospital. Across the province, four other long-term care, assisted living or independent living facilities also have active outbreaks.

Of today’s new cases, 48 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 113 in the Fraser Health region, one in the Island Health region, 19 in the Interior Health region, two in the Northern Health region and one new case of a person who resides outside of Canada.

There are 2,800 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and 254 of those people are hospitalized, 80 of whom are in intensive care. The hospitalization count increased by five and the intensive care count by two since yesterday’s update.

To date, 3,303,334 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C.; 191,222 of those are second doses. This means that 70.4 per cent of all adults in B.C. and 67 per cent of those 12 and older have now received their first dose of a vaccine.

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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