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Posted: May 6, 2021

B.C.’s COVID-19 updates for May 6

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, today (May 6) issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the COVID-19 response in British Columbia.

Today, we are reporting 694 new cases, for a total of 133,619 cases in British Columbia.

There are 6,802 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and a further 125,025 people who tested positive have recovered. Due to incomplete data, the number of people under public health monitoring and self-isolation requirements has not been included in today’s report.

Of the active cases, 457 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 154 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

Since we last reported, we have had 153 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 445 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 17 in the Island Health region, 52 in the Interior Health region, 27 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

There has been one new COVID-19 related death, for a total of 1,595 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.

To date, 1,995,496 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 95,868 of which are second doses.

Our immunizations are going up quickly, and the ages for those who are eligible are rapidly coming down. Today, anyone 49 and older can book their vaccine. That will continue to decrease in the coming days.

Our B.C. immunization committee and public health teams are actively looking at how, where and when to best incorporate youth aged 12-17 into our age-based program. Details will be provided once plans are finalized.

We have had our first probable case of vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT) following an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination. This is a rare but serious condition.

There is a test and treatment, but of course recognizing symptoms and getting treatment early on is very important. If you have had a vaccine – any vaccine – in the last four to 28 days and are feeling unwell, call 811 or contact your health-care provider.

Every vaccine helps protect you and those around you. We encourage everyone to get immunized with any of the COVID-19 vaccines as soon as you are eligible.

To date, over 192,000 people in B.C. have completed the province-wide SPEAK survey, and we want to get that number up as high as possible. Please take a few minutes to complete the SPEAK survey before the May 9 deadline on the BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) website at: www.bccdc.ca/covid19survey

What we are doing in B.C. is working and bringing us closer to the end of this pandemic every day, so let’s keep our momentum going. Let’s continue to follow all of the public health measures, to get vaccinated when it is our turn and continue to push forward though this storm.

Lead image: A courteous request with a possible solution on the front door to a downtown Fernie business. Carrie Schafer/e-KNOW photo

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