337 new cases of Covid confirmed in the Republic


As the weather warms up, the cases of COVID-19 are continuing to go down in B.C. Still, the province's top doctor says she is concerned.

One victim lived in the Vancouver Island region, where the death toll has reached 41 since the pandemic began. "One part of me, of course, is pleased that we are making progress", Dr. Bonnie Henry said, noting the dramatic decline in cases and the steady pace of immunization.

The number of active cases fell by roughly 150 to 2,800.

The vast majority of the 2,800 people known to be actively infected have been told to self-isolate, although 254 are in hospital, which is up by five from yesterday.

Henry said that 139,562 individuals who tested positive have now recovered, and to date, 3,250,116 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered, 179,954 of which are second doses. "New strains are circulating and outbreaks are still occurring in schools, in hospitals, in long-term care and in our communities", Henry said.

They'll initially administer the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine to people over 50 who have yet to receive a jab.

There are now 102 active cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Island region, including seven people in hospital and one more in critical care.

That total is the equivalent of approximately 69.7 per cent of B.C.'s adult population, or 66.1 per cent of residents aged 12 and older. "More information will be provided on this later this week", Henry and Dix said.

Registration can be done online through the "Get Vaccinated" portal, by calling 1-833-838-2323, or in person at any Service B.C. location.

The second dose total is now 191,222.

She said she was struggling to find the right way to express her horror and grief.

Henry kicked off Monday's press conference by addressing the news that the remains of up to 215 children are believed to have been found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.



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