Thursday, May 20, 2021

Sizeable drop for Thursday's COVID Count, with Premier Horgan part of the presentation for the day

The up and down nature of COVID reporting in BC of the last few weeks took a sharp dip downwards today, with daily report listing only 357 cases of the coronavirus reported on the day nearly two thirds of them in the current hot zone of Fraser Health.

Today's review of the data was presented as part of a live stream broadcast which included Premier John Horgan who spoke to the newest addition to the Vaccination program which includes youngsters from 12 to 17, along with some of the positive themes that the province has seen.

The Premier also made note of the ongoing restrictions that remain in place, though noting that the provincial approach is getting close to a more positive period of time, with a wider presentation planned next week to outline the province's  restart of the economy. to come

“Today, we are reporting 357 new cases, for a total of 140,953 cases in British Columbia. 

There are 4,636 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. A further 134,521 people who tested positive have recovered. 

Of the active cases, 331 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 113 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.  

There have been three new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,661 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 Five Health Authority's reported the following:  80 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 210 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 12 in the Island Health region, 33 in the Interior Health region, 

There were 22 new cases recorded in the Northern Health region, increasing the total number of COVID cases to 7,524. since January of 2020. 

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

Today's vaccination update made note that to date there have  been 2,687,360 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines administered to adults 18 and over in B.C., 138,908 of which are second doses. 

Dr. Henry and Minister Dix also outlined the scope of the youth vaccination program which was detailed as part of today's presentation.

“Our goal is to have all youth vaccinated with their first dose before the end of the school year. 

Like our adult program, all youth need to register online, by phone or at a Service BC centre. To book an appointment, youth can do it themselves or can have a parent, guardian or trusted adult assist them. 

This is an exciting next step in our provincewide immunization program. Just like we have seen countless people celebrating their vaccine with photos to friends and family on social media, so too do we look forward to also seeing young adults joining the team of millions of people across our province who are doing their part. 

Many youth have been negatively impacted by this virus. Now, they too will have the opportunity to be vaccinated, to get protected and also protect those around them."

The full statement for Thursday can be reviewed here

BC CDC data for British Columbia for May 20, 2021

BC CDC data for Northern Health Region for May 20, 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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