COVID-19 on Vancouver Island: B.C

BC reports a surge in COVID hospitalizations and ICU patients, confirms 3,289 new cases over the weekend

"That includes staying home, staying in your immediate neighbourhood as much as possible". If you live in the Lower Mainland, you should not be travelling to the Island.

Clark County recorded 156 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths since Friday, according to Clark County Public Health.

There are now 368 people in hospital, an increase of 50 patients from last week, and 121 people in intensive care, an increase 25 patients.

Henry said health officials would continue targeting hard-hit communities for mass vaccination - as was done in Prince Rupert and is being done in Whistler. "And we can look towards the summer, when we'll have opportunities to be together again", she said. "Only seeing a small number of people from outside your household outside is allowed, but it needs to be done in small ways, and we are discouraging even that, right now".

"Right now, every person that's immunized protects all of us".

Another 3,289 cases of COVID-19 and 18 related deaths were recorded over the weekend in British Columbia, which is grappling with its record-breaking third wave of the pandemic.

Over the past three days, 18 more people have died.

On the vaccine front, more than 1.1 million doses have been administered in far. That gap between registration and scheduling is now closer to a week, based on the Fairfax County Health Department's dashboard, which says that the department is currently making appointments for people who registered on April 5.

Henry urges anyone who is eligible to receive an AstraZeneca vaccine at a B.C. pharmacy to get one.

Health minister Adrian Dix said 138,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine and 105,900 doses of Moderna vaccine were expected to arrive this week.

As of Tuesday, people aged 66 and over are being vaccinated in B.C.

There are 13 active outbreaks in the healthcare system, 6 in long-term care and 7 in acute care.



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