The trend line of new cases of COVID continues to show some progress in coming down, with the usual Monday review of a weekend's worth of new reports showing a much desired bend from recent weeks in the curve of COVID.
The weekend did however offer a reminder of the dangers of COVID, with fourteen more British Columbians reported as having passed away from the virus over the last 72 hours.
“Today, we are reporting on three periods. From May 14 to May 15, we had 443 new cases. From May 15 to May 16, we had 493 new cases, and in the last 24 hours, we had a further 424 new cases.
This results in 1,360 new cases over the period, for a total of 139,664 cases in British Columbia.
There are 5,021 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. A further 132,841 people who tested positive have recovered.
Of the active cases, 350 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 132 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
There have been 14 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,648 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 reported the following weekend totals 291 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 861 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 36 in the Island Health region, 125 in the Interior Health region,
There were 47 new cases reported in the Northern Health region, which brings the Northern BC total to 7,465 since January of 2020.
The health officials report that there were no new cases of COVID recorded for people in BC who reside outside of Canada.
Towards the provincial vaccination program today's update noted of 2,528,398 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines having been administered in B.C., 130,073 of which are second doses. That means 55.8% of eligible adults have received at least one vaccine dose.
For those hoping for a break before the May Long weekend when it comes to current measures in place, the day would be a disappointment, with Doctor Henry noting now is not the moment for that announcement.
“We are not yet ready to make any changes to the current provincial health orders and they will remain in place through the upcoming long weekend. This means we all still need to stay local, stay small and use all of our safety layers. A sustained increase in immunizations, combined with a slowdown of new cases and outbreaks, are what will allow us to gradually ease some of the restrictions and get to the next phase."
The full statement for Monday can be reviewed here.
|BC CDC data for British Columbia for May 17, 2021|
|BC CDC data for Northern Health Region for May 17, 2021|
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