New COVID-19 cases at three-month low in B.C.

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B.C. health authorities reported 357 new cases of COVID-19 today, the lowest in a single day since Feb. 16. The new cases bring the province’s overall total to 140,953.

Of the new cases, 80 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 210 in the Fraser Health region, 12 in the Island Health region, 33 in the Interior Health region and 22 in the Northern Health region.

There are 4,636 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C., the lowest since early March. Of the active cases, 331 of those people are hospitalized, 113 of whom are in intensive care.

To date, 2,687,360 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C.; 138,906 of those are second doses. About 58 per cent of adults age 18+ have received a first dose, and about three per cent have received two doses.

Youth aged 12 to 17 are now eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine in B.C., a program which will be incorporated into the existing community vaccination clinics. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said youth should register for a vaccine, and that if a parent has an appointment booked already they can bring their 12 to 17 year old with them to be vaccinated at the same time.

While youth don’t need to be registered to receive a vaccine at the same time as their parent or guardian, Henry said it is helpful to register in advance. People should inform the clinic staff if they want their teen to be vaccinated along with them, to increase efficiency.

Sadly, there were three new virus-related deaths reported today, bringing that total to 1,661.

Health authorities reported one new healthcare facility outbreak and declared several over. Active outbreaks continue at four long-term care, assisted living and independent living facilities and one acute care facility.

Henry said in the last few months there were also several outbreaks in assisted living facilities that, while responded to appropriately by public health, were not publicly reported. These will be added to existing data, she said.

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.

Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Richmond Sentinel

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