Thursday, May 13, 2021

As case counts hover at the 600 per day mark, Prince Rupert gets a few moments of props for March vaccination program as part of Daily COVID update

British Columbia continues to tread a bit of water in the pool of COVID data this week, with today's update of the case count from across the province making note of just under 600 cases for the day, with today's reviewing making note of a jump in those who have passed away over the last 24 hours.

The presentation from Doctor Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix also featuring a data presentation on the progress of the vaccination program in BC (including a note on Prince Rupert) and how it is having an impact on the volume of cases that Health officials are now finding across the province. 

“Today, we are reporting 587 new cases, including one epi-linked case, for a total of 137,810 cases in British Columbia. 

There are 5,691 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. 

A further 130,310 people who tested positive have recovered. 

Of the active cases, 413 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 141 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation. 

“There have been five new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,632 deaths in British Columbia. Our condolences are with the family, friends and caregivers of the people who have died as a result of COVID-19." 

Across BC, the Regional Health Authority's reported the following: 126 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 365 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 21 in the Island Health region, 60 in the Interior Health region, 

The totals for the Northern health region jumped back into the double digits today, with 15 new cases reported which brings the total number of cases since January 2020 to 7,393 in the northern region.

There were no new cases of COVID reported for people in BC who reside outside of Canada. 

Today's vaccination count noted that to date,  2,335,513 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 119,691 of which are second doses. 

With today's update making note of a second case of a severe after affect from the AstraZeneca shot. 

 “While all of our vaccines are safe and effective, there have been a small number of rare but serious adverse events following immunization. We have had a second case of vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia following an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination. 

The patient is a male in his 40s. He is in stable condition and receiving care and treatment in the Fraser Health region. 

If you have had a vaccine – any vaccine – in the last four to 28 days and are feeling unwell, call 811 or contact your health-care provider so you can get assessed as quickly as possible."

Today's presentation put some focus on the recent community wide vaccination program in Prince Rupert, with Doctor Henry and Minister Dix highlighting it as part of their power point overview of the provincial approach to vaccination to date.

"The important thing here, is even though cases were increasing in the community, at the end of March and through April, into May.  

Outside of Prince Rupert, we saw a sustained and low level in Prince Rupert itself. 

So this is something that helps us understand what may happen as an entire province once we get to those levels of immunization.  

The fact that we can see rapid drop off and sustained drop off over time, when we have that community immunity even in a area like Prince Rupert."  -- Doctor Bonnie Henry at todays information session

The Prince Rupert portion of the presentation comes at the 17 minute point from the video at the top of our post.

The full statement for Thursday can be viewed here

BC CDC data for British Columbia for May 13, 2021

BC CDC data for Northern Health Region for May 13, 2021

The BC Centre for Disease control has some valuable Coronavirus notes related to COVID-19 you can explore that information here.

You can learn more about the outbreak from both the Province and the Federal government from the links below:

Federal Government site

British Columbia Government site

The World Health Organization website also offers up the latest advisories on the global situation.

More from  Northern Health can be reviewed here 

You can review our archive of past statements and local information here.   

Local governments and organizations have also provided for increased awareness of COVID-19 issues, those past advisories  can be reviewed here.

For notes from across Canada and British Columbia we have been archiving the latest items through our political portal Darcy McGee

Ottawa Observations

Victoria Viewpoints


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