Monday, May 31, 2021

BC's Daily COVID count continues to show declines, province nears 70 percent of first dose vaccinations

The work of British Columbians to reduce the curve of COVID continued to show results over the weekend with Monday's update from Doctor Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix making note of 708 new cases of the coronavirus, making for an average of 236 per day of the three day review period.

“Today, we are reporting on three periods. From May 28 to May 29, we had 258 new cases. From May 29 to May 30, we had 238 new cases and in the last 24 hours, we had a further 212 new cases. 

This results in a total of 708 new cases, for a total of 144,289 cases in British Columbia. 

There are 2,953 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and a further 139,562 people who tested positive have recovered. 

Of the active cases, 249 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 78 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation. 

There have been 11 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,703 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 province, the COVID count was as follows: 140 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 394 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 18 in the Island Health region, 113 in the Interior Health region, 

There were  42 new cases of COVID reported  in the Northern Health region that brings the British Columbia total to 7,683 since January of 2020.

As well one new case of COVID was recorded in British Columbia by a person who resides outside of Canada.

The provincial vaccination program has continued to add to the listings of those who haver received their first  COVID shot: 3,250,161 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 179,954 of which are second doses. 

This means 69.7% of all adults and 66.1% of those 12 and older have received their first dose. 

While progress is being made, Doctor Henry also cautioned about the need to maintain awareness and the need to follow the health measures still in place, that as variant cases continue to develop.

 “While we are making significant headway in our immunization efforts, this is a time of caution for all of us. New strains continue to circulate and outbreaks are still occurring in all regions of the province. 

Immunizations are an extremely effective tool. But it takes time for them to fully protect us, which is why it is important we all stay vigilant to prevent further virus transmission in our communities."

Doctor Henry also took note of the revelations from Kamloops of last week and the discovery of the gravesites of 215 children who attended the Indian Residential School in that community.

“While there is much that is positive and encouraging on the horizon with the COVID-19 vaccination progress, we pause and mourn the 215 children whose remains were found at the site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School. 

We stand with the families of children buried at Indian Residential Schools and honour the strength and resilience of those who survived. 

Let’s take this time of sadness to connect with our children, our grandchildren and families to honour those we have lost.”

The full statement for Monday can be reviewed here.

BC CDC data for Northern Health Region for Monday, May 31

BC CDC data for British Columbia for Monday, May 31

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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