Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Continued decline in daily case counts, launch of COVID restart plan marked government updates on the day

 The reversal of months of rising COVID numbers continued after the May Long weekend, with today's case count review dropping below the 300 mark, a point not seen since early February of this year. 

Today's statement on the pace of COVID once again notes that the largest volume of cases remains in the Fraser Health Region while Northern BC has dropped to single digits on the day and at four cases, not too far off of a COVID zero day.

Tuesday also delivered the Provincial COVID restart program a four stage approach that will have June 15th as the next benchmark to watch for progress.

“Today, we are reporting 289 new cases, including four epi-linked cases, for a total of 142,636 cases in British Columbia. 

There are 3,782 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. A further 137,062 people who tested positive have recovered. 

Of the active cases, 301 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 93 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation. 

There has been one new COVID-19 related death, for a total of 1,680 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 regional health authority's provided the following case count notes:  70 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 176 new cases in the Fraser Health region, three in the Island Health region, 35 in the Interior Health region, 

There were four new cases of COVID recorded in the Northern Health Region, which brings the COVID total to 7,603 cases since January of 2020.

One new case of COVID was reported in a person in British Columbia,  who resides outside of Canada. 

Today's vaccination update noted that 2,927,487 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to adults 18 and over in B.C., 148,580 of which are second doses. This means 64.6% of all adults have received their first dose, or 59.8% of those 12 and older. 

The statement from Doctor Henry and Health Minister Dix also called attention to the COVID restart program which was outlined earlier in the day.

“Today, Premier John Horgan provided the details of BC’s four-step Restart Plan, charting our path forward through the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a careful and measured approach that will allow us to slowly ease restrictions. 

Our path forward is a collective effort and we all have a role to play – slowing community transmission by each of us getting our first and second doses of vaccine and continuing with our safety layers, in combination with public health teams actively contact tracing and containing new clusters and outbreaks.

As cases continue to decline and immunizations steadily rise, we are moving forward with purpose, monitoring our progress to ensure we remain on track.

A look at the path ahead can be explored here.

The full statement for Tuesday can be reviewed here.

BC CDC data for British Columbia for Tuesday, May 25

BC CDC data for Northern Health Region for Tuesday, May 25

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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