Friday, May 14, 2021

BC heads into the weekend with their lowest Daily COVID case count in months


While no one wants to put a hex on things, today's review of the COVID case count does offer up a hope that after a number of months of concerning updates, British Columbians may finally be getting the Third Wave under control.

Today's statement  from Doctor Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix noting of less than 500 cases recorded today, a still high number, but a marked improvement over just one week ago and the lowest point since mid March.

“Today, we are reporting 494 new cases, including seven epi-linked cases, for a total of 138,304 cases in British Columbia. 

There are 5,548 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. A further 130,953 people who tested positive have recovered. 

Of the active cases, 387 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 two new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,634 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 the Regional Heath Authority's, the total by region was as follows:  140 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 288 new cases in the Fraser Health region, eight in the Island Health region, 33 in the Interior Health region."

There were 25 new cases of COVID recorded in the Northern Health region today, that brings the Northern BC total to 7,418 cases since January of 2020.

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

The two health officials also updated the latest notes on the provincial vaccination program.

“2,393,265 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 124,880 of which are second doses. Today, anyone 25 and older can book their vaccine and by the end of the weekend, all adults 18 and older across B.C. will be eligible. Don’t wait until you are eligible to book. Rather, take two minutes today to register in advance to fast track your appointment booking." 

As has been their call in recent weeks, booking a spot in the vaccination line is key for those British Columbians still awaiting their first shot of the provincial roll out.

 “The fastest way to get your vaccine is to register. Anyone who is not registered should in one of three ways: through a provincial call-centre between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. (Pacific time) at 1 833 838-2323, in person at the nearest Service BC location or online, 24-7, at: 

 As we have seen, our vaccines are working. They are protecting those who are highest risk and as everyone gets vaccinated, they will protect you and the people around you, too. 

As we go into the weekend, let’s remember that COVID-19 continues to circulate in our communities, so let’s keep our safety layers top of mind to get us through this pandemic, together.”

The full statement for Friday can be reviewed here.

BC CDC data for British Columbia for May 14, 2021

BC CDC data for the Northern Health Region for May 14, 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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